Bloomberg: Fortress said to explore sale of Florida East Coast Railway

“Fortress Investment Group LLC is exploring a sale of Florida East Coast Railway Corp., the coastal freight operator it took private in 2007, according to people familiar with the matter. Asset manager Fortress is working with Barclays Plc and Morgan Stanley to weigh options … Click here to read more

Proposed SFWMD environmental permit for AAF in question after Martin County files petition

From the Martin County BOCC: “On Wednesday, September 14, Martin and St. Lucie counties filed a Petition with the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) seeking a hearing on the proposed issuance of an environmental permit for the All Aboard Florida (AAF a.k.a Brightline) high-speed passenger rail project. SFWMD proposed granting AAF the permit for construction of railway facilities in Palm Beach, Martin and … Click here to read more

Reuters: Concrete railroad tie supplier begins construction of new Treasure Coast facility

“Rocla, the largest supplier of pre-stressed concrete ties to North America’s freight and transit railroads, has entered in to a long-term supply agreement with All Aboard Florida and Florida East Coast Railway (FECR). The new agreement will require the construction of a new facility in Ft. Pierce … Click here to read more

All Aboard Florida’s impact on property values to be studied by Martin County Property Appraiser

Martin County Property Appraiser Laurel Kelly plans to study the impact that All Aboard Florida could have the value of roughly 2,800 properties along the Florida East Coast Railway tracks, according to The Palm Beach Post. … Click here to read more

Coast Guard grants Murphy request to hold local hearings on All Aboard Florida

Following the request made by U.S. Representative Patrick E. Murphy (FL-18) for the U.S. Coast Guard to hold hearings throughout the Treasure Coast and Palm Beaches regarding the maritime impact of the proposed All Aboard Florida (AAF) project, the Coast Guard announced they will be holding two public comment meetings in Florida’s 18th District as well as conducting a navigation survey … Click here to read more

Sunshine State News: Embattled All Aboard Florida responds to Q&A

All Aboard Florida, the proposed higher-speed rail service set to operate along Florida East Coast Railway, has erupted in controversy along the Treasure Coast…it would not stop in Martin, St. Lucie or Indian River counties. Residents there say they will get zero benefit while their quality of life is diminished considerably. … Click here to read more

Sunshine State News: Martin County very much NOT All Aboard on Miami-Orlando Rail Line

Former editor and controversial columnist at The Stuart News, Nancy Smith, now executive editor at The Sunshine State News, details her opinion on All Aboard Florida, the proposed higher-speed rail service set to operate along the Florida East Coast Railway: “Martin County isn’t used to taking no for an answer, but it might find defeating All Aboard Florida a too-steep hill to climb. … Click here to read more

The train doesn’t stop here: official plans do not include proposed station in Martin County

Award-winning writer Kenric Ward of The Sunshine State News reports that plans for a Miami-Orlando passenger rail service call for fast trains to roll up and down Florida’s central east coast — but not to stop at any of the cities along a 140-mile stretch from Martin to Brevard counties. … Click here to read more