Request denied for federal state of emergency because of toxic algae

“‘It’s unfortunate President Barack Obama has deemed Florida’s Treasure Coast worthy enough to play golf in, but not important enough to provide assistance to the Floridians dealing with the ongoing algae bloom crisis and poor water quality conditions,” Florida Senator Marco Rubio (R) said Saturday in a prepared release,’ according to TCPalm … Click here to read more

Investigation: All Aboard Florida opponents collect millions, but where did the money go?

From TCPalm:: “All Aboard Florida opponents have donated millions of dollars to activist groups that say they are dedicated to fighting the Miami-to-Orlando passenger railroad. But it’s unclear exactly how opposition groups — including Citizens Against the Train [fictitious name of the tax-exempt Guardians of Martin County], Hobe Sound-based Citizens Against Rail Expansion in Florida and Palm City-based Florida Not All Aboard — have spent that money … Click here to read more

New owner of SNews/TCPalm offers $388M to buy Tribune chain: LA Times, Chicago Trib, 9 others

From the Herald Tribune: “Newspaper publisher Gannett said today that it wants to buy Tribune Publishing for more than $388 million. Gannett operates five newspapers in Florida including TCPalm in Stuart … Click here to read more

Gannett’s USA TODAY adds Stuart News, TCPalm.com site

From Florida Today: “In Florida, new Gannett properties consist of newspapers and websites in Naples, Port St. Lucie, Stuart, Fort Pierce and Vero Beach”, including The Stuart News/TCPalm.com site … Click here to read more

Citizens Against Rail Expansion in Florida: Reject columnist’s conclusion

CARE FL is a coalition created by a group of concerned community leaders, organizations and neighbors in South Florida and the Treasure Coast, emphasizing that continued rail expansion will have a significant and negative impact on our communities. Robert Crandall of Palm City, a member of the CARE FL Steering Committee, and also former CEO of American Airlines … Click here to read more

TCPalm, Stuart News sold

From Florida Today: “Gannett, the publishing company that owns USA Today, Florida Today and media businesses in more than 90 local markets, said it has agreed to buy Journal Media Group for about $280 million … Florida properties acquired are the Treasure Coast Newspapers based in Stuart and … Click here to read more

Lane of eastbound Martin Downs Boulevard to be closed weekdays starting April 6

From TCPalm: “One lane of eastbound Martin Downs Boulevard will be closed between Mapp Road and High Meadow Avenue from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, according to a news release from the Florida Department of Transportation. Construction workers will be replacing the sidewalk … Click here to read more

Martin County commissioners kill Witham Field Customs Facility plan

From TCPalm: “Martin County commissioners on Tuesday killed the long-discussed Witham Field Customs Facility. Citing concerns about project costs … Click here to read more

Speedway begins rebranding of Hess gas stations on Treasure Coast

From TCPalm: “Speedway has begun the rebranding of the nine Hess Express gas stations on the Treasure Coast. The two Hess stores in Stuart, one in Jensen Beach and another in Sebastian were changed to Speedway in the past few days … Click here to read more

By the numbers: Wawa coming to Martin County

TCPalm reports on the four Wawa convenience store/gas station locations planned for Martin County, including Kanner and Monterey, U.S. 1 and Cove Road, Kanner Highway and Lost River Road and another site … Click here to read more

Martin County election results: Commissioner Fielding wins; sales tax referendum recount

With his re-election, Commissioner Ed Fielding will help shape Martin County in the next four years. The referendum for the 1% sales tax increase in Martin was narrowly defeated and goes to a recount. Link to the Martin County general election results on TCPalm … Click here to read more