Gil Smart, TCPalm

Gil Smart


Stuart, FL, United States

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Past articles by Gil:

Goodbye and thanks for five years of good stories and great memories

After five years at TCPalm and 31 years as a journalist, departing columnist Gil Smart reflects on the issues that matter most to the Treasure Coast. → Read More

There's a few screws (and nails) loose on our roads

Our roads are littered with nails, screws and more that punctures our tires; is construction to blame, are flat tires simply the price of prosperity? → Read More

Beautiful but deadly: Will safety fixes solve problem on Indian River Drive?

Indian River Drive is both picturesque and perilous; new safety fixes aim to change that but driver behavior must change too. → Read More

How bad is the 'COVID slide' at area schools, and can kids make up lost ground?| Gil Smart

Local districts say online students falling behind; they're trying to find out how bad it is, and what can be done to reverse the learning loss. → Read More

Curtain in danger of falling for good at Fort Pierce's Pineapple Playhouse

With no money, Fort Pierce theater can't stage any new shows -- and it's staring down other major expenses that make it tougher for curtain to rise. → Read More

Treasure Coast real estate market is exploding; how long can it last?

Low rates, buyers fleeing cities amid COVID and our relative affordability has contributed to a huge jump in home prices and demand here. → Read More

As Publix gets more COVID shots, Cleveland Clinic and other hospitals get less

Hospitals running out of COVID-19 vaccine as supply shifted to Publix; but even with more stores giving the shots there aren't enough to go around. → Read More

Anglers should get one last chance to keep Jensen Beach causeway bridge clean| Gil Smart

'No fishing' signs on causeway bridge have 'worked' -- the trash is gone. But volunteers deserve a chance to show they can keep it just as clean. → Read More

Crunching COVID stats, Palm City woman finds situation worse than state admits

Retired nurse epidemiologist, wary of official Florida COVID-19 figures, began compiling her own weekly report. It tells a very different story. → Read More

As Lake O discharges ease, another huge threat to our fragile waters emerges

Were Sen. Wilton Simpson's comments on reservoir a shot across the bow, will Legislature seek to defund project to build wells north of lake instea? → Read More

As new superintendent takes helm, Gaylord era ends at Martin County schools

Outgoing superintendent strengthened finances, though academics eroded slightly; led school district during era of demographic changes and pandemic. → Read More

'Covidcane?' Why you're better off with local news during a big storm

With local media outlets facing increasingly tough headwinds, overhyped 'Covidcane' coverage may be all that's left. → Read More

Privileged parents can keep kids home this fall, but what about everyone else?

More than two-thirds of early respondents in St. Lucie and Martin public schools plan to send their kids back to school. Here's why. → Read More

Won't wear a mask to fight COVID-19? You're courting even tougher measures

As virus numbers spike, opposition to face masks grows; but if deaths spike and hospitalizations get out of control, we may see even tougher measures. → Read More

Restaurants, bars following COVID-19 rules ask: What about those that aren't?

Bar, restaurant owners following COVID-19 regulations fume as others ignore the rules; but why aren't the scofflaws being busted? → Read More

COVID-19: Spike in number of cases cause for concern

Virus cases up in Florida but deaths are flat; if we all just wore a mask, might we have beaten COVID-19 by now? → Read More

Should local governments 'recommend' face masks

Fewer and fewer people are wearing masks, and there's a bright red line between that attitude and our rising COVID-19 numbers. → Read More

High school seniors want live graduations; is it possible with social distancing?

Early morning ceremonies in the football stadium, with kids and spectators seated six feet apart? Local districts consider graduation options. → Read More

Coronavirus in Florida: As COVID-19 shuts down our economy, working people will be crushed

The coronavirus is shutting down the economic life of this country. And millions – service industry workers, gig workers and more – can’t afford it. → Read More

Why are no challengers running for office in Martin County this year?

Is it the virus? Voter apathy? Or are things just so awesome in Martin County that almost no one is challenging county and municipal incumbents? → Read More