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SFWMD Plagued by Martin County's Public Records, Legal Shenanigans

April 23, 2018 - 5:00pm
Judge William Roby, Maggy Hurchalla, and Nathaniel Reed

On the surface, it appears to be a legal dispute between the South Florida Water Management District and the Everglades Law Center -- then again, this is Martin County, where things aren’t often as they appear, and where misinformation and hyperbole seem to rule.

The argument over whether the transcript of a SFWMD mediation meeting among its attorneys and the district's governing board should be made public under the state's Sunshine Laws, Chapter 119, or remain confidential under the state's mediation laws, Chapter 44, is now before the Fourth District Court of Appeal. 

U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, Sheriff Will Snyder to Address School Safety at Martin Dinner

March 19, 2018 - 11:00am
Brian Mast and Will Snyder

Two Republican political leaders -- U.S. Congressman Brian Mast and Martin County Sheriff Will Snyder, a former state representative -- will present their views and answer questions about stopping the threat of more school shootings at the annual dinner of the Martin County Taxpayers Association.

Hurchalla Attorney Virginia Sherlock Gets Her Knuckles Rapped

February 28, 2018 - 6:00pm
Virginia Sherlock

A Martin County Circuit Court judge found that attorney Virginia Sherlock's objections to filing the final judgment against her client, former commissioner and environmentalist Maggy Hurchalla, was a deliberate attempt to delay the jury's award of $4.4 million to Lake Point Restoration for damages caused by Hurchalla's interference in its contracts.

Ruling in Hurchalla Lake Point Case Delayed by Yet Another Hearing

February 27, 2018 - 11:00am

Two weeks after environmentalist and former Martin County commissioner Maggy Hurchalla was found liable for tortious interference, the court still hasn't issued the order that awards Lake Point Restoration its $4.4 million in damages.

Environmentalist Maggy Hurchalla Loses in Court; Jury Awards Rock Mine $4.4 Million

February 15, 2018 - 10:15am
Maggy in court. Credit: Gossip Extra

Maggy Hurchalla, one of Florida's most prominent environmental activists, was found liable Wednesday for interfering with already-signed contracts. After eight days of testimony, the six-member Martin County Circuit Court jury awarded Lake Point Restoration more than $4.3 million in damages.

Finally, Martin Activist Maggy Hurchalla Goes to Trial

February 3, 2018 - 6:00am
Credit: Patrick Carlson

The Lake Point lawsuit against Maggy Hurchalla, a former Martin County commissioner and environmental activist, alleging she interfered with the western Martin rock mine's contracts, finally … finally … goes to trial Monday. The county has endured five years of legal wrangling, accompanied by the choreographed hand-wringing and inflammatory remarks by Hurchalla groupies to get to this point.

Brightline Fight: Vulnerable Treasure Coast Isn't Throwing in the Towel

January 31, 2018 - 6:00am

Over the past four years, residents' and opponents' passion for stopping the All Aboard Florida/Brightline passenger rail from speeding through the Treasure Coast has not abated. If anything, Treasure Coast residents have grown more resolute, underscored by Monday night’s packed house at the Lyric Theatre for the Citizens Against Rail Expansion's (CARE FL’s) fourth public meeting in downtown Stuart.

Beleaguered Martin County Community in Big Need of Speaker Corcoran's Help

January 22, 2018 - 8:30am
Richard Corcoran

Perhaps they should not have been so politically correct. Certainly the organizers of the Hobe Sound incorporation effort made a point of saying little about the previous County Commission's arrogant treatment of Hobe Sound.

Martin County's Sarah Heard Indicted and Booked for Public Records Violations

January 5, 2018 - 8:15am

The story of Florida public records law violations in Martin County moved further into the public light Thursday for County Commissioner Sarah Heard and former commissioner Anne Scott.




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