All Aboard Florida concerns not part of Coast Guard review

Peter Schmidt, Owner of United Yacht Sales, heads to the back of auditorium at Blake Library in Stuart holding large sign Thursday evening, November 13, 2014, after commenting that increased traffic from All Aboard Florida would basically make the Florida East Coast rail roadbridge at mile 7.4 at Stuart impassable for boaters during the daylight hours. (Source: The Palm Beach Post)


From The Palm Beach Post: Coast Guard officials are reviewing thousands of comments about three aging railroad drawbridges that block boat traffic when lowered, but aren’t considering concerns about future impacts of All Aboard Florida.

 Barry Dragon, director of the district bridge program for the Seventh Coast Guard District, said “We have about 1,500 emails and most of them comment on All Aboard Florida, which doesn’t help us, that’s not a need, that’s a complaint against a private company.

“It’s a long process and unfortunately the public thinks we’ll change the regulations based on All Aboard Florida,” Dragon said. “We don’t waste taxpayer dollars by guessing a couple of years in advance what will be needed.”

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