Mary Jo Tierny

About Mary Jo Tierney


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 [...]

What Has Tallahassee Been Doing?

By | April 22nd, 2015|

As the Florida Legislative session winds down and it appears there will be no vote on the U.S. Sugar land deal, one wonders what our legislative delegation was doing in Tallahassee the past two months. The hope was that State Sen. Joe Negron could use his political clout to get the money to buy 46,000 [...]

Save Our Lagoon!

By | March 6th, 2015|

I recently noticed the Fort Pierce News Tribune added a new meter to its editorial page. The Tribune, as well as other Treasure Coast Scripps newspapers, is counting down the days that the State Legislature has to purchase 46,800 acres of U.S. Sugar property at a price that was set in 2008. This is not [...]