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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Martin County Commissioner Sarah Heard was not officially arrested Tuesday, as reported in a story that appeared in Sunshine State News Wednesday.
Correction and Apology: This story includes a link to a September 28
story which reported that the State Attorney was investigating potential
criminal violations arising from the public records litigation between
Lake Point and Martin County. In the original version of this story, we
referenced the September 28 story and said that “A criminal investigation
of Heard, Hurchalla and others by the grand jury … is currently under
way.” We have revised this story to delete Ms. Hurchalla’s name because
we have no information that she is the target of the investigation and we
did not intend to imply otherwise. We regret the error and apologize
to Ms. Hurchalla. On November 29 and 30, we reported on the arrests
of Commissioner Ed Fielding and former Commissioner Anne Scott, who
are charged with criminal public records law violations, and on the charging
of Commissioner Sarah Heard with a non-criminal public records violation.
It's over. After four and a half years of litigation and more than $5 million spent on outside attorneys -- plus a grand jury investigation of the actions by four current and previous commissioners -- the Martin County Commission announced a settlement Tuesday with Lake Point.
The State Attorney’s Office on the Treasure Coast has apparently launched a criminal investigation into the Lake Point public records case in Martin County.
One of the radical rewrites of the Martin County Comprehensive Growth Management Plan by the 2012 county commission, and engineered by Martin County’s “shadow government,” likely will be rolled back at Tuesday’s Board of County Commissioners meeting. Finally.
When Martin County Commissioner Sarah Heard voted two years ago not to fund a DNA study of the pollutants in the St. Lucie River by Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute's Brian Lapointe, we were somewhat surprised at her dissent … but our most environmentally concerned citizens trusted her.