Community Opposition

FORT PIERCE: BRIGHTLINE WANTS TO BUILD STATION, HOTEL AT H.D. KING SITE DOWNTOWN

BRIGHTLINE HAS ITS SIGHTS ON THE WATERFRONT H.D. KING SITE AS A LOCATION FOR A RAIL STATION HOTEL, said City Manager Nick Mimms due to its “proximity to a walkable downtown, beautiful waterfront and multi-modal transportation.”

On August 27, Brightline had asked officials in Treasure Coast counties to submit proposals of viable station locations in their area and community support. Fort Pierce proposed a location across from the main H.D. King site, which has been under development for the past decade to become a mixed-use project.

LETTER SENT TO USDOT SEC CHAO FROM CONGRESSMAN MEADOWS WITH DESANTIS, GAETZ, MAST, AND POSEY

CONGRESSMEN MARK MEADOWS WITH RON DESANTIS, MATT GAETZ, BRIAN MAST, AND BILL POSEY SENT A LETTER TO U.S. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY ELAINE CHAO. This letter follows the recent Operations Subcommittee hearing three weeks ago, which raised great concerns about the DOT's "interpretation" of Private Activity Bond allocation and the PABs that were allocated to All Aboard Florida's Brightline passenger rail.

BRIGHTLINE WILL PLACE UNDUE HARDSHIP ON TREASURE COAST | GUEST COLUMN

THE MARTIN COUNTY REALTORS OF THE TREASURE COAST APPLAUDS THE RECENT LEGAL ACTIONS BY MARTIN COUNTY, says Martin County REALTORS president H.B. Warren. Since the earliest stages of All Aboard Florida's plans to provide passenger rail, the Martin County Realtors organization has carefully examined the project's implications to property values and select infrastructure and expressed their concerns regarding safety, delays, diminishing waterfront home values and negatively impacting Martin County's ad valorem budget.

RUBIO QUESTIONS $1.75B FOR BRIGHTLINE

SEN. MARCO RUBIO, R-FLORIDA, CAST DOUBT ON BRIGHTLINE'S APPROVAL FOR $1.75 BILLION OF TAX-EXEMPT BONDS. This letter was sent after last week's Capitol Hill hearing, where congressmen criticised Brightline and the U.S. Department of Transportation for "circumventing federal law and defying congressional intent regarding the financing."

"When federal financing mechanisms are utilized, it is critical that the utmost transparency is proved to taxpayers," Rubio wrote. He requested for "information into DOT's analysis, review and the approval process" of the bonds as well.

SUBCOMMITEE HEARING: EXAMINING TAX-EXEMPT PRIVATE ACTIVITY BONDS FOR ALL ABOARD FLORIDA'S BRIGHTLINE PASSENGER RAIL

TUNE INTO THE SUBCOMMITTEE HIGHLIGHTING ALL ABOARD FLORIDA'S BRIGHTLINE'S TAX-EXEMPT PRIVATE ACTIVITY BONDS ON APRIL 19, 2018. The purpose of this subcommittee was to examine the use of $600 million and $1.15 billion in tax-exempt private activity bonds to support the Brightline passenger rail system project and the broad implications of this type of financing for furniture infrastructure projects.

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WHAT WILL ELECTED OFFICIALS, CANDIDATES DO TO STOP BRIGHTLINE | TC PALM GUEST COLUMN WITH SUSAN MEHIEL

TUNE INTO TC PALM'S GUEST COLUMN WITH SUSAN MEHIEL. Five people have been killed by Brightline trains, and it is clear that we need stronger safety measures to protect the Treasure Coast residents of Florida.

"When administrative officials in Tallahassee and Washington care more about policy preferences and corporations than the lives of citizens, it's time to deploy our only weapon: elected officials who are on our side," she says. "In this election year, we call on the residents of the region to make AAF/Brightline a campaign issue."

TRAIN WRECK TIMES - UPDATES & ANNOUNCMENTS BY SUSAN MEHIEL

Train Wreck Times - Announcements and Notes:

Please see the attached announcement about our event, Stopping the Trains – A Public Forum, to be held April 9th, Monday, 5:30 pm at the Elks Club in Vero Beach.  It’s open to the public and Commissioner Solari and others will be there to provide an update on the Train wars.  Be sure to let your friends and neighbors know that this is an excellent way to stay informed and get your questions answered.

BRIGHTLINE GOES FROM CONFETTI TO FATALITY IN ONE DAY - RICH CAMPBELL

THE VERY DAY BRIGHTLINE ALLOWS EXCLUSIVE PASSENGERS TO RIDE THEIR HIGH-SPEED PASSENGER TRAIN, ANOTHER FATALITY OCCURS. To TC Palm editor Rich Campbell, this passenger rail is far from safe.

MIAMICENTRAL STELL CONTRACTOR SUES ALL ABOARD FLORIDA, STATION ARCHITECT AMID SERVICE DELAYS

ADF INTERNATIONAL, THE STEEL CONTRACTOR ON BRIGHTLINE'S DOWNTOWN MIAMI STATION, CLAIMS ALL ABOARD FLORIDA AND MORE OWE ADF $25.8 MILLION FOR EXTRA WORK BLAMED ON ON-SITE ISSUES AND INCOMPLETE AND FAULTY PLANS THAT DIDN'T COMPLY WITH STATE REGULATIONS. ADF International was hired in 2016 by Suffolk Construction Co. Inc. to work on Brightline's private passenger rail station and one of the office buildings in the complex, according to signed agreements.

TRAIN WRECK TIMES - UPDATE FROM THE FRONT LINES IN THE WAR AGAINST AAF

Susan Mehiel's Train Wreck Times - An Update from the Front Lines in the War Against AAF