Saving the goose and her golden eggs from AAF

Decaying railroad bridge, New River, Fort Lauderdale (Source:

From The Triton: Ft. Lauderdale prides itself on being “The Yachting Capital of the World.” This industrial complex, with its dozens of large and small businesses, is what makes that claim real. It’s not enough to have good weather and fancy marinas. “The World’s Capital” has to be able to stand behind that claim with the ability to repair, paint, outfit and maintain its fleet. A fleet some have estimated at more than 50,000 vessels. This economic engine contributes almost $9 billion each year to the local economy.

Sadly, all of this is threatened by All Aboard Florida’s proposal to effectively close off the western reaches of the New River for most of every business day. Even under its current operating scheme (which, incidentally, violates federal regulations in several ways), the bridge severely restricts use of the river and hinders economic growth. Water taxis, for example, won’t serve attractions to the west for fear of being full of passengers and stuck behind a bridge that has mysteriously closed for an hour.

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