Brightline to start simulated service this week

From The Palm Beach Post: “All Aboard Florida’s Brightline will begin simulated service this week, running 10 round-trip trains a day along the Florida East Coast Railway tracks as it prepares for the launch of its passenger service later this month. Brightline is expected to start shuttling passengers between West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale this month … Click here to read more

Incoming FL Senate Dem Leader Clemens resigns after affair with former Martin County lobbyist

From The Palm Beach Post: “The resignation came less than 24 hours after Clemens sent an email apologizing to Senate Democrats on Thursday night as Politico was preparing to report that Clemens had an affair with lobbyist Devon West. West worked for the Martin County government … Click here to read more

Judge signs off on environmental permit for Brightline rail project

From The Palm Beach Post: “An administrative law judge has signed off on an environmental permit that All Aboard Florida’s Brightline needs to build its passenger railroad between Miami and Orlando. In a 23-page ruling, Administrative Law Judge Bram Canter … Click here to read more

Hobe Sound’s Tricia Todd trial: Steven Williams sentenced to 35 years

From The PBPost: “A Martin County judge sentenced Steven Williams to 35 years in prison for the death of Willams’ ex-wife, Tricia Todd. Williams appeared before Martin County Circuit Judge Lawrence Mirman Friday afternoon as Todd’s family, friends, Stevens’ family and Martin County Sheriff William Snyder sat in the courtroom … Click here to read more

PBPost: Online journal gives glimpse into Hobe Sound’s Tricia Todd, ex who killed her

“For years, Tricia Todd posted in her online journal about life, faith and her tumultuous relationship with her ex-husband, Steven Williams. ‘It takes a truly evil person to kill such a sweet kitten. That’s when I finally saw him for what he was and left him,’ she wrote in August 2009. ‘I have forgiven my soon to be ex-husband for many things, but have been holding out on these things … Click here to read more

Syrian refugee vote divides Treasure Coast’s Murphy from most Dems seeking his seat

From The Palm Beach Post: “Last week’s U.S. House vote to impose tighter restrictions on refugees from Syria offered a reminder of the challenge Democrats face as they seek a candidate with the crossover appeal of Rep. Patrick Murphy in a Palm Beach County-Treasure Coast swing district. … Click here to read more

Greg Norman on fellow Jupiter Islander Tiger Woods’ struggles

“‘It’s going to take quite a mental effort to get out of the hole he’s in,’ said fellow Jupiter Island resident Greg Norman, who will make his U.S. Open broadcast debut alongside Joe Buck this week as FOX’s analyst, according to The Palm Beach Post. While Norman and Buck made it clear they will be, as Norman put it, ‘very careful not to make it into a Tiger show,’ … Click here to read more

Palm Beach Post: Martin should just say ‘no’ to beach parking meters, limited hours

From Sally Swartz, award-winning Palm Beach Post blogger: “Every few years, someone who doesn’t know how much Martin County residents love their beaches comes up with a new plan. Now the Martin County Commission, prompted by the Parks and Recreation Department and Sheriff Will Snyder, is toying with plans to add parking meters, limit beach hours and ban alcohol at county beaches … Click here to read more

Company says regardless of bond vote, All Aboard Florida will move forward

The Palm Beach Post reports that “All Aboard Florida’s express passenger rail line will move forward regardless of whether it receives $1.75 billion in tax exempt bonds, according to court documents filed Monday. In opposition to Indian River County’s federal lawsuit (see copy of lawsuit here: … Click here to read more

PBPost: Bracelet allows Martin woman to close circle on Vietnam POW story

The Palm Beach Post’s award-winning blogger, Sally Swartz, writes about the heart-warming story of a Prisoner of War bracelet, engraved with the name of a POW, that was worn by a Martin County resident as part of a nationwide campaign to remember those whose fate was unknown. For the complete entry: … Click here to read more

Palm Beach Post: Downtown Stuart waterfront should be for public, not for sale

From Sally Swartz, award-winning blogger at The Palm Beach Post: “Waterfront land is precious in Florida, and Stuart is lucky to have such a beautiful stretch of it in public hands. Residents will want to keep that land open for everyone, not donate it to private interests looking to make money off public land.” … Click here to read more