Martin County to start removing algae from water next week

From WPTV: “The plan is to get contracted clean up crews on the water early next week, possibly by Tuesday. Even before declaring the state of emergency, county officials had been interviewing and researching companies with technology they say can clean up the algae, without creating more harm to the environment … Click here to read more

USACE, SFWMD present plans for storing water underground to prevent algae blooms in Martin

WPTV reports that leadership from the Army Corps of Engineers returned to Martin County Wednesday to tour areas impacted by algae with county leaders. They then met with the community to discuss plans to create more water storage opportunities to eliminate the toxic algae risks. Not everyone was on board with their idea … Click here to read more

Martin Health System implementing new questionnaire to track algae health impacts

From WPTV: “The Martin Health System is working to get a better idea of exactly how many people are getting sick because of blue-green algae exposure. Doctors have just started using a new questionnaire to help zero in on patients’ symptoms, and to help determine which ones are river-related … Click here to read more

Scientists say don’t eat fish caught near algae

From WPTV: “Scientists are warning the public not to eat fish caught near algae blooms because some species could have chemicals linked to Alzheimer’s and Lou Gehrig’s disease … Click here to read more

Sen. Bill Nelson hears concerns on algae

From WPTV: “At a packed house at Stuart City Hall, many hammered the Senator on this issue. ‘Rashes, irritation,’ said Robert Lord Jr. at Martin Health System. ‘Getting worse all the time,’ said Mark Perry with Florida’s Oceanographic Society … Click here to read more

Former president of Stuart Air Show reaches plea deal

From WPTV: “The former president of the Stuart Air Show has reached a plea deal in connection with grand theft charges. Michael Roberts was accused of stealing … Click here to read more

Family confronts killer who breaks four decades of silence

From WPTV: “The murder happened in 1977. James Morgan, then 16, killed and sexually assaulted 66 year-old Gertrude Trbovich in her Stuart home. Morgan stabbed the victim more than 60 times and bit her breast, leaving marks that helped identify him as the killer … Click here to read more

Florida cracks down on potential voter fraud

From WPTV: “If you’re a registered voter in Florida your information will soon be entered in a national, universal system to make sure you are not double voting or registered in multiple states … Click here to read more

Large fire destroys 10 units at Stuart condo: 2 people treated for smoke; 1 cat dies in blaze

From WPTV: “Firefighters extinguished a large condominium fire at Cedar Pointe Villages on East Ocean Boulevard in Stuart on Monday night that displaced several people … Click here to read more

Martin voters asked for two tax increases for schools

From WPTV: “Martin County Commissioners approved the ballot language for two tax proposals sought by the school district. If both proposals fail, School board chair Christia Li Roberts says the district may be able to get by for a year, then big cuts to things like arts, music and athletics could be coming … Click here to read more

Septic-sewer conversions costing residents up to $11,000 in Martin County

From WPTV: “How much is too much to pay to protect the environment? For homeowners on the Treasure Coast, $11,000 is the price they have to pay and some of them are not happy about it. Don Bartz, who lives at North River Shores in Stuart … Click here to read more