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

More than a dozen Stuart restaurants claim woman put plastic, glass in her food, got comped meals

From WPTV: “Employees at more than a dozen Stuart restaurants say in the last month, a woman has complained that she found shards of glass or plastic in her food. In each case, employees said the woman, a brunette in her early 30s, said she used to work in the food industry, and the foreign object stabbed her in her lip … Click here to read more

Man who served time for manslaughter of 10-year-old Martin County girl in 1993 released from prison

WPTV reports that a man who served time for aggravated manslaughter of a child and kidnapping-aggravated child abuse in the death of a 10-year-old Martin County girl in 1993 has been released from prison … Click here to read more

Lake flows begin into St. Lucie River

From WPTV: “The rain from Hurricane Irma is gone, but the overflow is still pouring into Lake Okeechobee. Levels right now are just under 15 feet, but expected to rise to 17 feet if no action is taken … Click here to read more

FEMA changing coastal flood zones on Treasure Coast

From WPTV: “On the Treasure Coast, FEMA is remapping areas that will fall under coastal flooding zones, changing which homes and neighborhoods will and will not be required to buy the added flood protection. To view the interactive maps … Click here to read more

Concerns over rainwater runoff possible heading into St. Lucie River

“Polluted water may be heading into the St. Lucie Estuary soon and it’s not coming from Lake Okeechobee,” according to WPTV. “The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is planning to send runoff from the St. Lucie Canal through the St. Lucie Locks in Stuart … Click here to read more

‘Operation Mangrove’: 45 men facing charges for having sex in public places in Martin County

From WPTV: “The Martin County Sheriff’s Office announced the results of a two-month operation targeting people having public sex in areas frequented by families and children. In Operation Mangrove, Sheriff William Snyder says 45 men … Click here to read more