Sarah Heard seeks dismissal of charges

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “An important hearing, open to the public, will be held May 9, 2:00 p.m., at the Martin County Courthouse when attorneys for County Commissioner Sarah Heard will ask a judge to dismiss the charges filed against her in a grand jury indictment … Click here to read more

BCC to consider referendum: $10M waterpark expansion, $12.25M to improve Martin County Golf Course, $10M for new indoor sports facility

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “The Martin County Commission will be asked on Tuesday to put a bond referendum on the ballot in November to raise millions of dollars for parks projects including an expansion of Sailfish Splash Waterpark and a new indoor sports facility. The Parks and Recreation Advisory Board will make a presentation at 11:00 a.m. … Click here to read more

Business seeks $4M from former Martin Co. Commissioner Maggy Hurchalla

From WPTV: “…Lake Point is a rock mining business near Lake Okeechobee first approved as a subdivision in 2008.  A few years later, Hurchalla began sending emails to commissioners expressing concerns over wetlands…Hurchalla’s attorney says her client was a private citizen, with no control over what the commission would do. ‘Maggy Hurchalla has no authority to make the county commission or individual commissioners do anything,’ said Virginia Sherlock … Click here to read more

Tuesday’s BCC: ‘A welcome return to what will likely be more orderly meetings…’

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “The new chair of the Martin County Board of County Commissioners has brought pre-sets back to meeting agendas, scheduling items for specific times to allow interested members of the public a better opportunity to participate.  Four items on Tuesday’s agenda have been assigned a specific time to be heard in a welcome return … Click here to read more

Urban boundary threatened by new proposal

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “The Local Planning Agency meets at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 18, 2017, for further discussion of Comprehensive Plan Amendment 17-10, which would allow extension of water and sewer lines to certain properties outside the urban services boundary and would more than double the size of on-site sewage systems on rural lands. … Click here to read more

Re issues of concern to many residents: County staff tells commissioners and citizens to ‘butt out’

Renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor Ginny Sherlock provides an update on troubling events in our county government: “Martin County staff has rejected the direction of County Commissioners to bring the Langford Landing and Sharon Street mega-garage matters before the Board for discussion, with no mention of either of these matters on Tuesday’s extremely light BCC agenda. … Click here to read more

Urgent Action Alert: Staff asks to extend HSTC contract WITHOUT Task Force recommendations

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “Martin County staff is asking the Board of County Commissioners to extend the animal care services contract with the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast until the end of the year (December 31, 2016) without incorporating any of the recommendations of the Domestic Animal Control Task Force … Click here to read more

August 1 deadline: Change party affiliation to R to vote in many primary races on August 30

IMPORTANT: To vote in the primary elections you must be registered as the same party of the race. Independents cannot vote in most primaries. Act NOW! Bullsugar.org, dedicated to stopping the damaging discharges into the St Lucie & Caloosahatchee estuaries and restoring the flow of clean freshwater to Florida Bay, and Virginia “Ginny” Sherlock urge voters … Click here to read more

BCC: Show me the money

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “Commissioners should carefully examine budget requests for:Duplication (why do taxpayers pay private public relations consultants while simultaneously paying a full time public information officer to communicate with the media and the public?); Excess (why do taxpayers pay annual membership dues … Click here to read more

Tuesday’s BCC: Look upward for cell towers, staff salaries/benefits

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “The Martin County Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday will resume consideration of a request to construct a 120-foot-high cell tower in South County over opposition from nearby residents and will also hear a presentation on a consultant’s report suggesting that County staff salaries and benefits be hiked by $895,000.00 to $1.25 million a year. … Click here to read more

CALL TO ACTION: Please mark your calendar and respond to Justice4the6

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: ” A social media campaign called Justice4the6 is being launched to address concerns about the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast shelter in Palm City, including HSTC management and staff who fail to provide treatment to injured or ill animals, who do not offer appropriate pain relief, and who euthanize animals in an extremely painful … Click here to read more