Boaters lead fight against All Aboard Florida: Waiting at a drawbridge? Horrors


Miami Herald columnist Fred Grimm

From longtime Miami Herald columnist Fred Grimm: Boaters, lacking a sense of irony, are leading the fight against All Aboard Florida.

They worry that a Miami-to-Orlando passenger train service, as it crosses drawbridges over the New River in Fort Lauderdale, the Loxahatchee River in Jupiter and the St. Lucie River in Stuart, might inconvenience yachties.

It doesn’t help that the bridges’ raised spans seem to reach heavenward in a kind of salute, as if those of us stuck in our automobiles, on our way to eight or nine hours behind a desk, are paying homage to the aristocracy, off for a day of fishing or sailing or just tooling around. If we’re lucky, the ubiquitous bikini-clad young woman lounging on the bow might wave to us land-bound suckers…

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