By: Eve Samples, Treasure Coast Newspapers
The metropolis of South Florida stops at Martin County.
Buildings are shorter, thanks to a four-story height limit. Interstate 95 is farther from town, a credit to locals who fought the proposed path of the highway in the 1970s and '80s.
Protecting wetlands is practically religion in Martin County. "Sprawl" is a dirty word.
None of this is a fluke. The tide of development surging from Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties has been held back because so many residents have complained, loudly, to oppose development they saw as out of character.
At the heart of those decades-long battles has been Maggy Hurchalla...