Martin County says study of All Aboard Florida impacts underestimated boat traffic

Florida East Coast Railway bridge over the St. Lucie River, Stuart (Source:

From The Palm Beach Post: Martin County officials on Monday took aim at a draft federal study evaluating the impacts of the All Aboard Florida rail project, saying that the study grossly underestimated the number of boats that travel passed the St. Lucie River railroad bridge each day.

 In an 8-page letter to the US. Coast Guard, Martin County said an 11-month tally of vessel traffic in the St. Lucie River found 8,400 boats transited the Florida East Coast Railway Bascule Bridge in April.  The number is 83 percent higher than the tally that was included in a draft version federal environmental study released in September — a finding an attorney representing Martin County called “alarming.”

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