Treasure Coast residents don’t take kindly to Brightline CEO’s name-calling

From WPTV: “The name calling started on Capitol Hill Thursday morning with Brightline’s CEO and his choice for words for the Treasure Coast, calling those who oppose the plan, ‘narrow-minded.'” … Click here to read more

Backpage shutdown means more street prostitution, MCSO says

From WPTV: “Backpage, a popular website used to solicit sex was shut down by the feds this week. In Martin County, deputies are expecting more women to sell themselves on the street now as a result. As much as Backpage made it easier to buy and sell sex, investigations into the illegal trade would often start there.  … Click here to read more

2 injured after boats collide in Martin County

From WPTV: “The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is looking into why two boats collided on the St. Lucie River around 11:30 Tuesday morning. No names have been released yet of those involved, but two people were hurt, and one man was taken to Martin Memorial South hospital with serious injuries … Click here to read more

Martin County School Board votes to change busing rules, phase out bus stops

From WPTV: “Martin County parents were dealt with some painful deja vu Tuesday, as the school board once again debated cutting bus routes from certain students. The state does not pay for bus routes for students who live within two miles of their school, unless there are hazardous conditions … Click here to read more

Stuart Air Show president steps down after arrest on grand theft charges

From WPTV: “Each year it is one the major attractions in the entire southeast, but there has been a shakeup at the Stuart Air Show. The president of the event suddenly resigned after police arrested him on grand theft charges … Click here to read more

‘Incredible’ waves threaten beaches: National Weather Service Flood and High Surf Advisories

From WPTV:  “‘Incredible high waves which has shown that it’s coming over the dunes,’ said County Coastal Engineer Kathy Fitzpatrick. She says these waves can cause erosion, but it’s really too soon to tell. [For National Weather Service Coastal Flood and High Surf advisories … Click here to read more

Poor health of Lake Okeechobee is not a good sign for coastal communities

From WPTV: “Scientists believe Hurricane Irma wiped out the vegetation that grows in Lake Okeechobee. So what does that mean when discharges into the estuaries potentially resume? … Click here to read more

Former Martin County commissioner takes stand in her own defense

From WPTV: “Maggy Hurchalla testified Tuesday that she shared her concerns with the owners of Lake Point a decade ago during two separate meetings. ‘I didn’t think it was a good idea for the Water Management District to trade mining permits for land,’ said the former Martin County Commissioner … 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

Florida man gets 29 years in wrong-way crash that killed sisters on I-95 in Martin County

From WPTV:  “A Florida man has been sentenced to 29 years in prison for the wrong-way crash that killed two sisters on Interstate 95 in Martin County … Click here to read more

Water quality declining on the Treasure Coast

From WPTV: “Treasure Coast residents say they are noticing the steady decline of the quality of the water in the Indian River Lagoon. Now, residents are calling for politicians to work quickly, and stick to their word to build another water reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee … Click here to read more