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Indiantown and Hobe Sound: What Happens When a County Commission Fails

March 13, 2017 - 6:00am
Indiantown Marina

Despite a new, business-friendlier commission majority elected last fall in Martin County, the dictatorial regime of the last commission woke up a pair of unincorporated Martin communities.

Everglades Trust Makes It All about Them; Rick Scott's 'Thank You'

March 11, 2017 - 8:00am

This column is a vehicle for a number of items in a bits-and-pieces, strictly opinion, sometimes irreverent format. Look for "Just Sayin'" to run once a week in this spot.

House Members, Please Don't Jeopardize Florida's Strong Economy

March 9, 2017 - 9:30pm

It's incredibly sad to watch House members who heartily supported Enterprise Florida during other sessions now talk nonchalantly about  flushing Florida's economic success down the toilet as if it happened by magic. As if Rick Scott didn't spend the last six years kicking the door open, hauling the state economy up by its bootstraps, turning Florida into the envy of every governor in America.

Senate Committee Broadens SB 10, Passes 'Coast-to-Coast' Water Bill

March 9, 2017 - 6:00am

The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Environment and Natural Resources, chaired by Sen. Rob Bradley, R-Fleming Island, on Wednesday passed Senate Bill 10, legislation to reduce harmful discharges from Lake Okeechobee and further other critical water resource protection.

Now Negron's Dipping into Florida Forever Money

March 8, 2017 - 6:00am

In his opening-day speech, Senate President Joe Negron dashed past the strike-all filed moments earlier in his southern Everglades reservoir bill. But lawmakers shouldn't be fooled. They might want to pump the brakes, crack the hood and take a closer look at this sneaky little amendment.

Colin Hackley Offers SSN Readers 2017 Session Opener in Photos

March 7, 2017 - 6:00pm
Colin Hackley

Tallahassee photographer Colin Hackley has been taking pictures for Sunshine State News almost since our beginning -- whenever we need him, he makes himself available to us.

Police Radio Pandemonium: Is the Harris Corp. in Over Its Head? Ask Pennsylvania

March 6, 2017 - 8:30am

Floridians should feel relieved Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Legislature insisted on open and competitive bidding for a new Statewide Law Enforcement Radio System (SLERS).

Is Joe Negron Charlie Crist All Over Again?

March 3, 2017 - 6:00am

It didn't strike me until Thursday, when I read Senate President Joe Negron's reflection on his two-day trip to Washington ... good heavens, this reservoir thing is back to the future with Charlie Crist.

It's deja vu all over again.

Everglades Foundation Economist Has a (Disqualifying) Credibility Gap

March 1, 2017 - 6:00am
Eric Eikenberg, Amy Baker and Mike Maloney

We either need the cool head of state economist Amy Baker on the economic impact of a massive reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee, or we take the James Madison Institute's study of economic impact as gospel. There is no third choice.

For me, the Everglades Foundation's economic impact study is disqualified -- or should be.

When County Commissioners Break the Law, Shouldn't the Local Newspaper Be Paying Attention?

February 28, 2017 - 6:00am

Why did it take a newspaper 100 miles away in Miami to tell Martin County citizens three of their commissioners have been breaking the law for the last four years?

I'll tell you why, and it gives me no pleasure to say this: It's because the newspaper of record in Martin County, The Stuart News -- where I worked for 28 years -- wasn't covering the bizarre story of collusion, deception and outright lies in Lake Point's lawsuit against Martin County.

That's wasn't. As in Was Not. First instinct: Protect the ones you love, I guess.

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