County’s Efforts to Fight AAF Bonds Pay Off

County efforts to fight All Aboard Florida’s use of taxpayer subsidized bonds pay off Martin County Press Release May 10, 2017 Over two years ago, Martin and Indian River Counties filed federal lawsuits against the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to stop the inappropriate use of taxpayer subsidized bonds to construct All Aboard Florida’s (AAF, […]

Martin County Opposes Brightline

Guest column: Martin County opposes Brightline, despite South Florida support By Taryn Kryzda, Martin County Administrator April 26, 2017 TC Palm Over the past several decades, many counties in South Florida have authorized expansions of urban development boundaries, towering building heights, increased density and construction of new roads to support surging growth. We acknowledge why the […]

Citizens’ Forum

SPEAK UP FOR YOUR COUNTY!   The Guardians of Martin County is pleased to be a sponsor of this annual, informative event. Date: April 22, 2017 Time: 1:00 – 4:00 pm Location: Wolf Technology Center Auditorium Indian River State College 2400 SE Salerno Rd, Stuart, FL  Public invited;  Free admission Please join us once again for an […]

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 County commissioners propose 16-county Lake Okeechobee summit

By Tyler Treadway February 21, 2017 TC Palm STUART — Martin County commissioners want everybody to know everything about a proposal to build a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee to curtail discharges to the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee rivers. Commissioners voted 4-1 Tuesday to set up a multi-county summit to gather information about and discuss Senate President Joe Negron’s proposal to […]

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 […]

Martin County applauds newly-filed Florida High-Speed Passenger Rail Safety Act

Martin County Press Release January 18, 2017 Martin County applauds Senator Debbie Mayfield (R-Melbourne), Representatives MaryLynn Magar (R-Hobe Sound), Gayle Harrell (R-Stuart) and Erin Grall (R-Vero Beach) who filed legislation yesterday that will enhance public safety at railroad crossings and alleviate the financial burden put on local governments to upgrade and maintain the crossings for […]

Guest column: We will continue fight against Brightline passenger rail

By Taryn Kryzda, Martin County Administrator January 12, 2017 TC Palm In 2014, Martin County began its fight to protect its residents from the negative effects rail expansion, including All Aboard Florida’s (aka Brightline) proposed passenger rail project. We have remained committed to preventing or reducing the many threats to the health, safety and well-being of […]

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 […]