Palm Beach Post: Why don’t Martin County officials listen to residents?

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From Sally Swartz, award-winning Palm Beach Post blogger: “Another room full of angry Martin County residents yell at Martin County officials. They don’t ask the question directly. But their complaints say it for them: Why do county officials so seldom side with residents? … Click here to read more

Business Development Board fails to make good use of taxpayer dollars: re-negotiate or litigate

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The latest Business Development Board meeting was filled with confusion, conflicts of interest, lack of goals/standards, criticism, abuse of authority, and mega-waste of taxpayer dollars. Local attorney and civic activist Virginia Sherlock provides details … Click here to read more

Business Development Board refuses audit of taxpayer $$, rejects Buy Local program

Taxpayer dollars at work?

Prominent local attorney and civic activist Virginia Sherlock, provides an informative (and alarming) update on the latest Business Development Board (BDB) meeting. … Click here to read more

Relax? Not if you want careful growth in Martin County

Sally Swartz of The Palm Beach Post

From The Palm Beach Post’s award-winning blogger, Sally Swartz: “Some believe that electing a careful growth majority to the Martin County Commission last year means residents can relax and let new commissioners do all the work. No way…” … Click here to read more

Palm Beach Post: Witham Field noise issues impossible? Maybe not

Martin Commissioner John Haddox

From award-winning blogger Sally Swartz: On Tuesday, Martin Commissioner John Haddox opened a new chapter in the long, sad story of residents who live near Witham Field, Martin County’s airport. Commissioner Haddox, bless his optimistic heart, believes the airport growth and business lobby and residents can reason together … Click here to read more

Pouting, shouting and staff insubordination disturb Martin’s political peace

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The Post’s award-winning writer Sally Swartz provides a must-read blog entry with revealing insights on Martin’s political scene: “Some wonder if County Administrator Taryn Kryzda, whose sweetheart contract with the old majority gives her a year’s pay if she’s fired without cause before 2017, isn’t deliberately trying to get sacked.” … Click here to read more

PBPost: Back to open government, careful growth in Martin County

Sally Swartz of The Palm Beach Post

In her Palm Beach Post entry, award-winning blogger Sally Swartz reviews the inaugural Martin Commission meeting: “Back to a growth plan that works, back to a more open government that makes decisions in public, not in back-room deals. Back to listening to residents.” … Click here to read more

Martin residents can ‘Talk to Taryn,’ casual conversation with County Administrator Kryzda

Martin County Administrator Taryn Kryzda

“Talk to Taryn,” an opportunity for Martin County residents to have a casual conversation with County Administrator Taryn Kryzda, will be from 8 to 9 p.m. Friday in the conference room of the Growth Management Department on the first floor of the County Administrative Center, 2401 S.E. Monterey Road in Stuart. … Click here to read more

Public comment suffers in Martin due to county administrator and previous commission chairs

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Traditonally the Martin County Commission recognized public comment during their meeting times at 9:05 AM and 5:05 PM (unless the meeting concluded earlier). County Administrator Taryn Kryzda, along with former commission chairs, changed that longstanding morning time that now makes it more difficult for the public to schedule comments. Community leader and local attorney Virginia Sherlock has asked that common sense prevail, and the former public comment time be restored for a variety of reasons. … Click here to read more