April 13, 2013-- The Jones-Costigan Amendment, also known as the Sugar Act of 1934 was passed in an effort to salvage an ailing sugar industry after the great depression. President Roosevelt wanted to accomplish six objectives; 1) Insure fair returns to sugar beet and sugar cane producers 2) Insure that laborers in the sugar industry shared in the benefits
March 30, 2013- After years of litigation and many failed attempts to settle, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finally reached an agreement that grants the state the right to set nutrient limits for its waterways.
March 9, 2013-- We believe Martin County is one of the strongest counties in Florida. However, there are a number of challenges we face that should be addressed now.
February 9, 2013--A Jan. 16 article in the Stuart News stated the Martin County Commission is planning to rewrite the Business Development Board's contract with the county. We agree with that objective for the following reasons.
February 23, 2013--In the recent past, the Martin County Taxpayers Association has attempted to outline the options to fund dredging of the St. Lucie Inlet. While time waits for no one, Martin County did proceed with the dredging project while government officials deliberated over jurisdiction and other related matters.
January 31, 2013-- Cities and counties on the Treasure Coast differ from one another in a variety of ways. However, they have one thing in common: They own a lot of property. Local governments in our region manage or lease property for airports, golf courses, mobile home parks, marinas, mortuaries, restaurants and various other retail and commercial ventures. All told, there are more than 2,000 such properties owned by cities and counties on the Treasure Coast.
February 26, 2013-- JENSEN BEACH — Hours of discussion, advocation and rumination resulted in an uncertain future for the Jensen Beach mooring field. Commissioners decided not to kill the project, nor to approve it, but rather to have staff bring back alternatives to the project for comparison.
January 29, 2013-- STUART — Renegotiation of a controversial 10-year, $625,000 annual contract will begin between Martin County and the Business Development Board after BDB members voted Monday to take steps toward crafting a document that suits both parties.