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 […]

The Benefits of Small Wetlands

Update: 4/20/17 The amendment has been withdrawn by the applicant! The Comprehensive Plan Amendment to weaken protection for little wetlands is coming before the Martin County Commission on Tuesday, April 25th.  The agenda item is comprehensive plan amendment 17-07. The Martin County Local Planning Agency (LPA) voted 3 to 1 to reject the comp amendment that would […]

Indian River Lagoon could get $30 million boost this year

By Isadora Rangel March 22, 2017 TC Palm TALLAHASSEE — The Indian River Lagoon might get a $30 million annual boost this year through a bill a Senate committee approved Wednesday. Republican Sen. Debbie Mayfield, who represents the bulk of the 156-mile estuary in Brevard and Indian River counties, filed legislation to clean the estuary troubled in recent […]

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 […]

The Little Wetland That Could

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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 […]

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 […]