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

BCC: ‘It’s a pine tree, no it’s a cell tower, no it’s a pine tree…’

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “The Martin County Board of County Commissioners may spend more than three hours at Tuesday’s meeting trying to determine whether a proposed telecommunications tower meets the County Code’s requirements for a ‘stealth’ tower, that is, a 120-foot-tall structure that appears to be something other … Click here to read more

Tuesday’s BCC: CRA Redux and Fore!

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “Tuesday’s Board of County Commissioners meeting is set to start off with a bang – or, at least, a Fore! – as the Parks and Recreation Department seeks direction on the Martin County Golf Course Master Plan (Item 8D1, pre-set for 9:30 a.m.).Three items on Tuesday’s agenda were continued from the March 8 meeting after Commission Chair Anne Scott had to leave early … Click here to read more

BCC Agenda item seeks more money to fight AAF

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “Tuesday’s Board of County Commissioners meeting features an update on the battle against All Aboard Florida that includes a request for additional public funding to prevent the invasion of our community by 32 passenger trains and 20 or more freight trains each day. Most of the funding requests are necessary to carry on a successful battle … Click here to read more

Alphabet soup: BCC on AAF, CRA, CPA, NAC, FPL

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “Tuesday’s Martin County Board of County Commissioners (BCC) meeting features agenda items on All Aboard Florida (AAF), Florida Power and Light (FPL), Neighborhood Advisory Committee (NAC) appointments, Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) real estate transactions and three Comprehensive Plan Amendments (CPA).Two interesting presentations are also on tap, including a slick slide show … Click here to read more