PROTEST NOW: Email BOCC re proposed Martin County Fire Assessment Fee

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “Martin County Commissioners will hold a public hearing at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 11, on a proposed fire protection assessment fee that will increase some property owners’ annual tax bills by 25% to 50% or more … Click here to read more

UPDATE: BCC kicks environmental cans down the road

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “Commissioners Ciampi, Smith and Jenkins joined forces today to delay — if not kill — a request by Commissioner Sarah Heard to seek federal endangered species designations for wildlife in the Indian River Lagoon. Support for Doug Smith and Ed Ciampi’s opposition to Commissioner Heard’s request was provided by County Purchasing Manager Nicole Carey, wife of one of Commissioner Heard’s opponents in the District 4 Commission primary (Harold Markey) … Click here to read more

Environment advocates seek to enter appeal of case with major First Amendment implications

BREAKING: “With the right of citizens to speak up on public issues at stake, affected environmental advocates today went to court asking permission to be heard in the appeal of a shocking jury award against former Martin County Commissioner Maggy Hurchalla … Click here to read more

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