Why We Need A Comp Plan by Maggy Hurchalla

Former Martin County Commissioner Maggy Hurchalla’s speech from the Martin County Conservation Alliance Forum April 22, 2017  WHY WE NEED A COMP PLAN Martin County is notorious for being different. We grow slower than the other counties on the SE coast of Florida. In spite of that we have a better economy. Because of that, we […]

Guest column: Are ‘little’ wetlands worth saving? [Excerpt]

By Maggy Hurchalla February 22, 2017 TC Palm . . . Recently, the chairman of the Martin County Commission and the head of the Economic Council of Martin County joined Big Sugar in opposing Senate President Joe Negron’s plan to save our St. Lucie River estuary and the Everglades. It’s beginning to look like anti-environment sentiments are growing […]

Give Sen. Negron’s plan a chance

By Maggy Hurchalla December 29, 2016 Florida Today A statewide campaign to discredit Sen. Joe Negron’s effort to “Buy the land to send the water south” is now underway. Opponents quote U.S. Sugar’s full-page ads that say we don’t need to send water south because 90 percent of the dirty water flowing into Lake Okeechobee […]

Martin County being asked to ease environmental protections on wetlands

By Lidia Dinkova December 23, 2016 TC Palm MARTIN COUNTY — The county has been asked to loosen its environmental protections to allow developers to build on some smaller wetlands. Land-planner Don Cuozzo has asked the county to allow developers to build on wetlands that are a half-acre or smaller in unincorporated Martin County but within the urban-service district. The urban-service district is an area […]

Maggy Hurchalla: Don’t dismiss dangers of algae in our waterways

By Maggy Hurchalla Guest Column for TC Palm June 27, 2016 No one wants to be Chicken Little. The sky wasn’t falling. The silly bird panicked over a little acorn. But the sky is falling on Lake Okeechobee, the St. Lucie River and the Indian River Lagoon. Call it cyanobacteria or call it green slime, […]

Guest Column: More Lake Okeechobee water is moving south — but our work isn’t done

from Maggy Hurchalla, via tcpalm.com Since the summer of 2013 we’ve been asking all the powers that be to buy the land and send the water south. Last week Gov. Rick Scott asked the Army Corps of Engineers to send the water south. They agreed. Did we win? Yes and no. We won a really […]

Lake Point case enters critical phase: Trial set for September

As the Lake Point case enters a new and critical phase, the Martin County legal team has been fortified with a top-ranked statewide law firm, De La Parte & Gilbert, P.A., led by Attorney Ed De La Parte, a board certified government and administrative practice lawyer with over 35 years of experience in environmental land […]

Point of view: Hold elected officials accountable when it comes to Everglades Restoration

By Maggy Hurchalla, palmbeachpost.com Posted: 4:20 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016  In the 1990s, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was asked to save the Everglades. They put up a banner in the Jacksonville office: “It’s the Everglades, stupid!” The Corps and the state of Florida became partners in the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan […]

Guest Column: Maggy Hurchalla: Restoration of septic rules a gift for our waterways

By Maggy Hurchalla TC Palm.com January 7, 2016 Tallahassee gave Martin County waterways a late Christmas present when a state planning agency issued a final order finding the county’s amendments to the sewer chapter of its comprehensive plan were in compliance with state law on all counts. The saga started in 2009 when a group […]

Chapter 10 Win: DEO says Amendment in compliance

The Department of Economic Opportunity has issued a Final Order finding the Amendment to Chapter 10 of the Martin County Comprehensive Plan to be “in compliance” with state law. Entry of the Final Order means the amendment to the Sanitary Sewer Element of the Comp Plan is now effective. The amendment: — eliminates the Expressway […]