Rail safety expert warns risk of deadly railroad accidents on Treasure Coast

Martin County Board of County Commissioners Press Release March 29, 1017 As part of its continued fight to protect residents from the negative impacts of rail expansion, Martin County has released a report by national rail safety expert George Gavalla that includes concerning facts about the significant safety challenges and cost burdens facing Treasure Coast […]

Special Report on Wetlands

Recently a land planner requested a change in the Martin County Comp Plan, which protects small wetlands. The LPA recently voted against this public request. It now goes before Martin County Commissioners on April 25th. Listen to residents and experts discuss the value of small wetlands in our latest video: Please sign the petition to […]

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 […]

Martin Commission backs Negron’s plan to curb Lake Okeechobee discharges

By Tyler Treadway February 14, 2017 TC Palm By a 4-1 vote Tuesday, Martin County commissioners supported state legislation to buy land south of Lake Okeechobee for a reservoir to help curtail discharges to the St. Lucie River. Senate President Joe Negron, a Stuart Republican, has proposed the state and the federal government equally share the $2.4 billion cost to […]

Gil Smart: Martin County should ban fracking

By Gil Smart January 20, 2017 TC Palm It looks like Martin County is on the cusp of banning fracking. On Tuesday, the Martin County Board of Commissioners will consider a proposed ordinance to prohibit oil- and gas-related high-pressure well stimulation (i.e. fracking) and prohibit storage and disposal of associated fracking wastes. John Polley, the […]

POINT OF VIEW: Negron’s plan for Everglades worth considering

By Sarah Heard January 8, 2016 Palm Beach Post Last summer, Florida’s incoming Senate President Joe Negron stepped into a controversy over Everglades restoration with an offer that no one should have been able to refuse. The whole idea of fixing the South Florida water management system and restoring the Everglades was about to fall […]

Funding for All Aboard Florida’s planned route through Treasure Coast in question

Martin County Press Release November 29, ,2016 Funding for All Aboard Florida’s planned route through Treasure Coast in question On November 28, before the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issued a final ruling on the lawfulness of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) $1.75 billion Private Activity Bond (PAB) allocation to All […]

Martin County wins major victory in federal lawsuit against AAF

For immediate release: August 17, 2016 Contact: Gabriella B. Ferraro, Administration, 772-463-2810 Martin County wins major victory in federal lawsuit against AAF Martin County has won a major victory in its opposition to the proposed All Aboard Florida (AAF aka Brightline) high-speed rail project. Late yesterday, in an important and favorable ruling for Martin County, […]

Martin County leaders worry new algae bloom could be as bad as the first one this summer

By Jacqulyn Powell August 16, 2016 WPTV MARTIN COUNTY, Fla. – Martin County officials are keeping a close eye on a new algae growth showing up in several spots in the St. Lucie Estuary. Just when it looked like the Treasure Coast was getting some relief, county leaders say rainfall increased, raising water levels and contributing […]

The Japan Times: Florida algae bloom afflicts economy, sea life

[Our area made the Japan Times, but for all the wrong reasons . . . ]  AFP-JIJI July 30, 2016 Japan Times MIAMI – Every night Tim Robinson sleeps in his boat, which floats atop a blanket of foul-smelling bright green slime. For houseboat dwellers such as Robinson, the toxic algae bloom spreading through Florida’s […]