Taxpayers pay price when officials operate in the shadows

Article Posted on November 21, 2017

By: Treasure Coast Newspapers Editorial Board

There is no positive spin on Martin County's resolution of the Lake Point lawsuit.


However, that didn't stop the county's media department from attempting to cast the settlement in a positive light. The headline splashed across Tuesday's media release stated, "County settles Lake Point lawsuit; gains over 400 acres adjacent to C-44/Okeechobee Waterway."

For the record, the 400 acres the county will obtain is property Lake Point didn't want and Martin County had never sought. It has a total assessed market value of about $1.8 million, according to the county Property Appraiser's website, yet the county is paying $12 million for it as part of the settlement…

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