Sally Swartz

Sally Swartz was born in Grayling, Mich., and received a bachelor's degree from Michigan State University. She began working for The Post in 1979. Swartz was a reporter, bureau chief and columnist in the Martin County office. She was on the Editorial Board from 2000 until August 2008. She continues to write columns for The Post. Swartz is the winner of the Martin County Conservation Alliance's public service award, the Audubon Society of the Everglades Conservation Award, and the Conservation Alliance of St. Lucie County outstanding environmental journalist award. She lives in Hobe Sound.

Latest from Sally Swartz

Commentary: Wasting away in Snootyville

4:00 AM Sunday, Jun. 23, 2013

Jensen Beach, which retains its funky, Key Westy character despite efforts of Martin County Commissioner Doug Smith and a few waterfront property owners to turn it into an upscale Snootyville, is getting plenty of attention lately. First, the commission nixed a mooring field off the Jensen Beach causeway that Mr. Smith has been pushing for...
Commentary: Martin BDB chief has a tough sell as he woos county commission

4:00 PM Friday, Jun. 14, 2013

The money Martin County pays the Business Development Board — $625,000 with a 3 percent yearly increase — should stay the same. So should the 10-year length of the county’s contract with the BDB, now in Year Four. That’s BDB Executive Director Tim Dougher’s opinion. He concedes that the BDB could provide more...
Swartz: Don't 'abate' Martin's ambience

12:03 AM Saturday, Jul. 31, 2010

On Aug. 24, Martin County voters will decide what they want Martin to be when it grows up. More like its neighbors in Palm Beach and St. Lucie counties, which have used state and local money to attract biotech businesses? Or still a low-key, Old Florida haven where many residents are retired, love the county's nature-oriented lifestyle or...
Swartz: In Martin County, 'pass' means fail

11:38 PM Friday, Jul. 23, 2010

Yes. No. Pass. Three little words can speak volumes when they are the only choices for Martin County Commission candidates answering tough questions in a "lightning round." Martin County Conservation Alliance ran the quick-questions forum at Blake Library last week, with environmental lawyer Virginia Sherlock as moderator. Candidates...
Swartz: Welcome to Martin County's Mansion

12:08 AM Saturday, Jul. 17, 2010

A winding drive, fountain water splashing over sculptured dolphins. A golf cart "train" stops at the entrance to The Mansion at Tuckahoe, the latest phase of Martin County's Indian Riverside Park development. Views of the Indian River from the top of lofty Mount Elizabeth delight the eye on this steamy summer morning. I did not...
Swartz: State planners ride to Martin County's rescue

12:06 AM Saturday, Jul. 10, 2010

It's a temporary victory for Martin County residents, but a win worth celebrating. State planning officials, unlike Martin's commission majority, listened to residents. The planners rejected seven controversial changes to Martin's protective growth plan that would open almost 9,000 acres of western farm lands to more intense development....
Swartz: Chinese to the rescue of Port St. Lucie's downtown dream?

11:41 PM Friday, Jun. 25, 2010

Two little boys kick a soccer ball on the lush, green lawn in front of the Port St. Lucie Civic Center. Workmen on a platform paint the white trim, and women with water bottles and yoga mats head for classes indoors. The $28 million civic center is busy. But the surrounding City Center, meant to be the heart of Port St. Lucie's long-dreamed-of...
Swartz: Must 91-acre Ocean Breeze Park shrink to survive?

11:32 PM Friday, Jun. 18, 2010

Few South Florida hamlets have defied change as successfully as Ocean Breeze Park, a tiny Martin County town beside the Indian River. Until now. Harry and Queena Hoke founded the trailer park-turned-town in 1938. Many of the 480 trailers along the park's winding roads are mid-20th century vintage. Even the website, www.oceanbreezetreasurecoast...
Swartz: Pry lid off Martin County's 'jobs toolkit'

12:22 AM Saturday, Jun. 12, 2010

As expected, Tuesday's Martin County Commission meeting was a love-fest for Business Development Board Director Ron Bunch and the business crowd, with the majority, except for Commissioner Sarah Heard, rubber-stamping every "tool" in Mr. Bunch's "job creation toolkit." No one asked Mr. Bunch anything about his past activities...
Swartz: Martin County, meet Danville, Va.

12:26 AM Saturday, Jun. 05, 2010

Imagine a bustling marketplace that would bring 1,500 jobs and boost yearly sales-tax revenue by $1.3 million. That was the dream deal Ron Bunch, then economic development director of Danville, Va., and now director of Martin County's Business Development Board, sold Danville's city council a few years ago. Danville's price tag: $8 million...
Swartz: In Martin County, secrecy is Job 1

12:00 AM Saturday, May. 29, 2010

Jobs. It's the magic word in Martin County. Giving the Business Development Board $1 million a year - half the new tax money Florida Power & Light's Solar Energy Center in Indiantown will generate - will create jobs, BDB spokesmen said. As with gutting Martin's growth plan, all county commissioners but Sarah Heard agreed. So now there's a...