Treasure Coast officials complain new state laws rob them of local home-rule power

Local officials say the Legislature has launched an assault on home rule by creating laws that strip cities and counties of their power to regulate local issues. Those new laws, officials claim, could have detrimental effects on the quality of life of local residents. Some legislators, however, are pushing back, defending their votes and arguing  the Legislature has an obligation to create laws that are consistent across the state.

Tradition finally bouncing back from the recession

The rumble of bulldozers, the clang of hammers and the hum of backhoes again are reverberating through Tradition, just as during the boom years, before the Great Recession brought development in the western portion of the city to a screeching halt. The distantly familiar sounds signify the return of better days and are evidence of Tradition's first growth spurt since the dark days of the economic downturn roughly a decade ago.

Local medical marijuana rules likely to be scrapped in wake of new state dispensary bill

The state has grabbed control of medical marijuana dispensaries away from local governments by creating its own set of regulations, sending some Treasure Coast governments scrambling to adapt. The Legislature earlier this month passed Senate Bill 8A, which trumps local laws that cities and counties have imposed to regulate where and how medical marijuana dispensaries can operate. Gov. Rick Scott has pledged to sign the bill.

Port St. Lucie, state each gets $3 million in Digital Domain settlement; Textor to get $8.5 million

The city, the state and former Digital Domain CEO John Textor all will get multimillion-dollar payouts from a settlement in the two-year-old lawsuit against the defunct Digital Domain Media Group. Port St. Lucie and the state — which both provided economic incentives to bring Digital Domain here in 2009 — each will get about $3 million, according to the settlement, which was approved Friday by a federal bankruptcy judge.