MARY JO TIERNEY'S BLOG

Politics and the Press

By | March 1st, 2017|

When I recently purchased a gift in downtown Ft. Pierce, the salesperson asked how Sunrise Ford was doing. I replied that everything was fine and she said that she expected business to get even better if “they would just get out of the way and leave Donald Trump alone.” I knew the “they” to which [...]

Obamacare in Action

By | January 13th, 2017|

As the talks ratchet up about repealing The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, colloquially referred to as Obamacare, I can’t help but think of Dave Feibelman, who was born and raised in Fort Pierce, worked in the car business for decades and nearly died two years ago when his heart, which was fragile from [...]

Election Reflections

By | November 11th, 2016|

As we stood in line to vote this week, the woman in front of us said there was one silver lining with the election being over. “I never thought I would be glad to see car commercials again,” she told Mike Wetzel, Sunrise Ford’s own TV star.   Yes, the nasty, divisive, repetitive ads are [...]

Ford Foundation

By | September 26th, 2016|

Until this presidential campaign, charitable foundations were synonymous with good works. But that was before the Donald J. Trump foundation was caught illegally funneling money to Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, who days later decided against investigating fraud complaints against Trump University. His foundation was slammed again when it was reported that the Trump Foundation [...]

After Being Gone Much of the Summer

By | August 29th, 2016|

After being away much of the summer, I was pleasantly surprised when I returned and saw all of the makeovers and new projects underway. On South Beach, the Square Grouper restaurant, with a beautiful view of the Fort Pierce Inlet, is almost complete. Across the street, the new Oculina Bank will open in mid-September.   And [...]

Bring Home The Bacon

By | July 11th, 2016|

There was a time when it was a badge of honor for our state and federal representatives to “ bring home the bacon ” and get money for worthwhile projects in our district.  Indeed, members of Congress as well as those in the Florida Legislature boasted about what they could do for their constituents back [...]

Smack In The Middle

By | February 5th, 2016|

Right smack in the middle of Sunrise Ford’s property  is a culvert that drains polluted water from  the western part of the county into the Indian River Lagoon.   The culvert is part of the North St. Lucie River Water Control District that was established nearly a century ago to drain St. Lucie County’s swampland for [...]

The Summer Shake Down

By | August 29th, 2015|

For me, the summer of 2015 will be known as the summer of the “ shake downs. ”   In my previous blog I wrote about the Fort Pierce City Commission forcing Sunrise Ford, along with several other businesses along U.S.1 south of Midway Road, to annex into the city.   The annexation process included threats of [...]

Losing Faith In The System

By | June 26th, 2015|

So the state legislature went home without funding the purchase of Big Sugar property, the Fort Pierce city commission admitted it was only after the money when  it annexed Sunrise Ford and other businesses along U.S.1.  And State Sen. Joe Negron has vowed to bring back a bill that would limit the number of students who can [...]

WE Love Fort Pierce

By | May 14th, 2015|

As a former reporter who used to cover politics on the Treasure Coast, I try to keep up on what is happening in both the city of Fort Pierce and St. Lucie County. But somehow I overlooked Fort Pierce’s recent moves to annex major commercial corridors into the city. That is, until last week when Sunrise [...]