Gov. Scott’s efforts applauded by commissioners during his visit to Martin County

From The Sunshine State News: Martin County Commissioner Sarah Heard expressed her support for Scott’s agenda, especially his commitment to the Indian River: “On behalf of the Martin County Board of County Commissioners, I applaud Gov. Scott for his continued efforts toward completion of the Indian River Lagoon-South restoration project … Click here to read more

Republicans backing away from challenging Patrick Murphy in District 18 congressional race

From the Sunshine State News: Despite winning one of the closest congressional races in 2012, Patrick Murphy is increasingly in the clear for 2014 from Republicans as events of this week clearly show. Murphy has also kept his eye pretty glued to the district. … Click here to read more

Sunshine State News: Embattled All Aboard Florida responds to Q&A

All Aboard Florida, the proposed higher-speed rail service set to operate along Florida East Coast Railway, has erupted in controversy along the Treasure Coast…it would not stop in Martin, St. Lucie or Indian River counties. Residents there say they will get zero benefit while their quality of life is diminished considerably. … Click here to read more

Sunshine State News: Martin County very much NOT All Aboard on Miami-Orlando Rail Line

Former editor and controversial columnist at The Stuart News, Nancy Smith, now executive editor at The Sunshine State News, details her opinion on All Aboard Florida, the proposed higher-speed rail service set to operate along the Florida East Coast Railway: “Martin County isn’t used to taking no for an answer, but it might find defeating All Aboard Florida a too-steep hill to climb. … Click here to read more

Sunshine State News on HB 703: Martin County vs. Jimmy Patronis?

Former editor and controversial columnist at The Stuart News, Nancy Smith, now executive editor at The Sunshine State News, details her opinion on Martin County and House Bill 703: “House Bill 703 is not a popular bill in some South Florida counties. But in Martin County, where agriculture interests are akin to estuary green slime, the ruling class puts the bill in a special category of disrepute. … Click here to read more

Stuart Republican Negron tells Congress: Give jurisdiction over Lake ‘O’ releases to Florida

The Sunshine State News reports that Stuart Republican Joe Negron, chair of the Senate Select Committee on Indian River Lagoon and Lake Okeechobee Basin (IRLLOB), called on Florida’s congressional delegation to push for federal legislation to remove the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ sole jurisdiction over Lake Okeechobee releases. See his letter … Click here to read more

Rep. Gayle Harrell (R-83) declares message to Congress urging Everglades Restoration

From The Sunshine State News: Flanked by toxic-water weary Treasure Coast officials and other constituents, Rep. Gayle Harrell, (R- District 83, includes part of central Martin and St. Lucie counties), unveiled a memorial this morning she vows to shepherd through the House and all the way to Washington, D.C. … Click here to read more

Sunshine State News: Stuart’s Joe Negron starts 2014 as favorite despite two challengers

One of Negron’s challengers, Bruno Moore, was arrested on charges of trying to solicit sex with a 13-year-old girl he met online. A jury acquitted him, agreeing with his attorney who argued that, as they never met in person or agreed to meet, a crime did not take place. But, despite the verdict … Click here to read more

‘Comp Plan mayhem in Martin County is largely hush-hush’

Former editor and controversial columnist at The Stuart News, Nancy Smith, now executive editor at The Sunshine State News, details her views on proposed amendments to The Martin County Comprehensive Growth Management Plan: “… changes to Martin County’s comprehensive plan are not law and cannot become law until the four stakeholder lawsuits challenging them are settled. Got that?” … Click here to read more

‘Martin County vs. The World: Here Come de Judge’

Former editor and controversial columnist at The Stuart News, Nancy Smith, now executive editor at The Sunshine State News, details her views on proposed amendments to The Martin County Comprehensive Growth Management Plan: “Why would county commissioners approve changes to their comprehensive plan they knew would be challenged … Click here to read more

Sunshine State News: Florida media need to crank up coverage of water crises

“Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers certainly has devoted pages and pages, day after day, to the plight of the area’s polluted waters .. Like most local papers, the one in Stuart lets local politicians or other activists define both problem and solution, rather than fact-finding on its own, getting the stories that make discoveries,” from The Sunshine State News’ Nancy Smith (a former editor of The Stuart News). … Click here to read more