MCSO: Alert tellers at Palm City’s Bank of America initiated a crime prevention chain reaction

“A Miami man on a mission to steal $5,000 by attempting to cash a fraudulent check at a Palm City Bank, underestimated the skill of the players behind the counter. The check that 31-year old Vicente Rodriguez of Miami presented to tellers at Bank of America on SW Martin Downs Boulevard … Click here to read more

Brightline plans to install Positive Train Control that could have prevented Amtrak crash

From WPTV: Brightline plans to install Positive Train Control before Congress’ 2018 deadline, but in Martin County engineers worry that if that deadline gets extended that trains that one day travel through the Treasure Coast will not have the important technology. … Click here to read more

Sprint sues All Aboard Florida for $646,000 over partially paid bill

From The Sun Sentinel: “Sprint wants All Aboard Florida to pay up. The communications company has filed a lawsuit in Miami federal court against the parent-company of Brightline and a second company with ties to Florida East Coast Industries … Click here to read more

FL officials propose Hyperloop that could make Miami-to-Orlando trip in 26 minutes

From New Times: “Last week, the company, Hyperloop One, announced it’s working with Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) officials to explore building a Hyperloop between Miami and Orlando … Click here to read more

MCSO: Miami men give conflicting stories, attempted crime in the making in Martin County

“MCSO Sergeant Rick Parks just wrapped up a busy night shift when he decided to make one more traffic stop before heading home.The sergeant stopped a U-haul truck being driven by a Miami man with no driver’s license, and two of his friends … Click here to read more

ABC News: Man-eating Nile crocodiles found in Florida

“Researchers from the University of Florida have confirmed that three Nile crocodiles were captured near Miami, and there may be more out there in the wild. All three were captured in South Florida, with one found in the Everglades National Park … Click here to read more

PBPost: Treasure Coast still not giving up the fight vs All Aboard Florida

From The Palm Beach Post’s award-winning blogger, Sally Swartz: “The fight to stop All Aboard Florida from ruining Treasure Coast downtowns and neighborhoods, slowing ambulances and endangering pedestrians at railway crossings is far from over.The speedy trains ‘would decimate’ Stuart and other Treasure Coast communities, former American Airlines executive Robert Crandall told Martin County’s League of Women Voters … Click here to read more

State issues ‘Stop Work Order’ to company involved in pest control poisoning of Palm City boy

From WPEC: “The Florida Department of Agriculture has issued a ‘Stop Work Order’ for Sunland Pest Control who is involved in the poisoning of a Palm City boy. 9-year-old Peyton McCaughey was hospitalized after his family’s Palm City home was fumigated … Click here to read more

All Aboard Florida gets more time to sell bonds

From The Palm Beach Post: “All Aboard Florida on Friday received a six-month extension to sell $1.75 billion in tax-exempt bonds to help pay for its express-passenger rail project between Miami and Orlando. Officials with the U.S. Department of Transportation gave the Coral Gables-based company until Jan. 1 … Click here to read more

PBPost: All Aboard Florida divides likely Dem Senate rivals Patrick Murphy, Alan Grayson

Democratic Reps. Patrick Murphy of Jupiter and Alan Grayson of Orlando previewed a potential 2016 Senate primary clash on Tuesday night when they took opposing sides on an effort to block the All Aboard Florida passenger train. Murphy, who launched a Senate campaign in March, has been a staunch opponent of the planned Miami-to-Orlando train. … Click here to read more

First public glimpse into viability of All Aboard Florida’s plans: 5.3 million riders expected by 2020

From The Sun-Sentinel: “The planned passenger rail service, set to begin running in 2017, would initially see about 1 million riders a year, ramping up to 5.3 million a year by 2020 and 7 million by 2030, according to the report prepared by the Louis Berger Group…The numbers offer the first public glimpse into the viability of All Aboard Florida’s plans … Click here to read more