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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.

Martin Commissioner Sarah Heard Wasn't Officially Arrested, Pleads Not Guilty

November 29, 2017 - 6:00pm
Sarah Heard

Martin County Commissioner Sarah Heard was not officially arrested Tuesday, as reported in a story that appeared in Sunshine State News Wednesday.

Martin County Settles with Rock Mine for $12 Million

November 14, 2017 - 6:30pm
Martin County Court House, Stuart

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. 

Martin Public Records Case Draws State Attorney’s Scrutiny

September 28, 2017 - 2:45pm
Bruce Colton and Sarah Heard

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.

Common Sense Finally Returns to Martin County Government

August 21, 2017 - 1:00pm

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.

'Sick' Idea: Septic Tanks Used to Control Growth

November 16, 2015 - 2:30pm

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.

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