TC Newspapers: Martin County’s lobbyist, Ballard Partners, also works for All Aboard Florida


Ballard Partners have successfully lobbied the state government for millions of dollars for Martin County environmental projects. But Ballard Partners cannot lobby the state government on Martin County’s behalf on issues related to All Aboard Florida because the firm is also retained by companies affiliated with the passenger train project. Pictured are the Florida East Coast Railway tracks through downtown Stuart. AAF will use the tracks when the passenger train begins service in 2017. (Source: Treasure Coast Newspapers)

Martin County pays Ballard Partners $52,000 a year to lobby on its behalf.

Brian Ballard is known as one of the most powerful people in Tallahassee.

So why isn’t his firm lobbying against All Aboard Florida, which Martin County vowed to spend $2 million to fight in court?

A Treasure Coast Newspapers investigation reveals the predicament at a crucial time when the passenger train project needs 17 permits from six state agencies.

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