Florida Legislature considers arming some teachers, raising age to purchase some rifles

From The Sun-Sentinel: “What exactly the House and Senate are going to do — and what the two chambers can agree upon — is still up in the air. State Sen. Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, who is helping to craft the legislation, said he was shooting for Friday to produce a bill. Senate President Joe Negron, R-Stuart … Click here to read more

Everglades reservoir plan denounced by several groups

From The Sun-Sentinel: “Long considered a key component of the state-federal plan for restoring the Everglades, the reservoir was fast-tracked this year by state Senate President Joe Negron, R-Stuart, after coastal waters in his Martin County district were fouled by reeking mats of green algae, blamed on lake discharges, that gave Florida the worst kind of international publicity … Click here to read more

Sun Sentinel: Former Martin Downs Country Club owner under criminal investigation

“The former owner of the Martin Downs Country Club in Palm City, Wellington mega-developer and president of the Palm Beach Polo & Country Club, Glenn Straub, is under criminal investigation, according to the Broward State Attorney’s Office. Straub has a litigious reputation with a trail of lawsuits to his name, records show … Click here to read more

Sprint sues All Aboard Florida for $646,000 over partially paid bill

From The Sun Sentinel: “Sprint wants All Aboard Florida to pay up. The communications company has filed a lawsuit in Miami federal court against the parent-company of Brightline and a second company with ties to Florida East Coast Industries … Click here to read more

First All Aboard Florida train finished and ready for testing

From The Sun-Sentinel: “Originally, All Aboard Florida said it would initiate the Orlando route by the end of 2017, but that was delayed as Martin and Indian River counties filed federal lawsuits challenging the company’s ability to sell $1.75 billion in tax-exempt bonds. The company has since announced it will pursue the bond sale in two parts … Click here to read more

‘I ate something bad,’ accused Martin County flesh-eater told deputies, documents say

“While accused face-biting killer Austin Harrouff was being taken into custody, the teen stated: ‘Help me, I ate something bad,’ according to new court documents obtained by Sun Sentinel news partner WPEC-Ch. 12. When a Martin County Sheriff’s deputy asked … Click here to read more

Orlando shooter’s Martin employment history

“Omar Mateen worked numerous retail jobs in Martin County,” according to The Sun-Sentinel. “He started his first job in 2002 at Publix in Palm City. In following years, he worked for Circuit City in Jensen Beach in 2003; Chick-fil-A in Jensen Beach, 2004… and Hollister and GNC at the Treasure Coast Mall in 2006 … Click here to read more

Four bills ready for vote on day one of the Legislature

From The Sun-Sentinel: “Top priorities — a comprehensive water policy for the House, a pathway to independence for disabled children in the Senate — could be sent off for the governor’s signature within days of the session’s start. The session, and the fireworks, begin January 12 … Click here to read more

First public glimpse into viability of All Aboard Florida’s plans: 5.3 million riders expected by 2020

From The Sun-Sentinel: “The planned passenger rail service, set to begin running in 2017, would initially see about 1 million riders a year, ramping up to 5.3 million a year by 2020 and 7 million by 2030, according to the report prepared by the Louis Berger Group…The numbers offer the first public glimpse into the viability of All Aboard Florida’s plans … Click here to read more

Full speed ahead for Jupiter Island’s Greg Norman

From The Sun-Sentinel: “Not even a potentially debilitating chainsaw accident could slow down Greg Norman. Norman was trimming a sea grape tree behind his Jupiter Island home in September when the chainsaw accident occurred … Click here to read more

Florida getting bigger, but is it really better?

“To understand the impact of Florida becoming the third-largest state, you have to understand how comparatively little time it took to happen. In 1960, Florida’s population was 5 million. The state was smaller than Massachusetts. New York was nearly three times larger. Illinois and Ohio were roughly twice as large, and Pennsylvania was larger still. [For the complete commentary in The Sun-Sentinel … Click here to read more