Quality of Life

FEC DEATH TOLL SHOULD TRIGGER RAIL SAFETY MEASURES | OPINION ARTICLE

SURELY OUR FLORIDA POLITICIANS WILL BE MORE CONCERNED ABOUT OUR SAFETY THAN THE OWNER OF THE FEC FREIGHT COMPANY, says Nicholas Schaus of Vero Beach. Schaus comments on the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) lack of transparency regarding the number of train collision fatalities have been reported since 2015 and applauds to Florida legislators Mayfield, Grall, and Magar for trying to pass their safety bills. 

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.

OFF-DUTY STUART POLICE OFFICER HELPS SAVE 90-YEAR-OLD-VETERAN WHOSE CAR WAS ON TRAIN TRACKS

90-YEAR-OLD ARNOLD MARK WAS SAVED BY OFF-DUTY STUART POLICE OFFICER DAVID JACOBSON, whose car was stuck on the railroad tracks and a train approaching. Marks, an Army veteran from Port St. Lucie, said Monday he had driven through Confusion Conver several times before and he meant to make a right turn but ended up on the tracks instead.

"I was going maybe 5 miles (per hour) when I was making that turn," Mark said. "I couldn't go forward, I couldn't go backwards. I was just stuck."

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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.

BOCA POLICE ID MAN HIT BY BRIGHTLINE AT CROSSING

THE HIGHLAND BEACH MAN HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED AS THE PERSON INJURED WEDNESDAY WHEN A BRIGHTLINE TRAIN STRUCK HIS CAR IN BOCA RATON. 90-year-old Benjamin Morelli was struck by a train around 8 p.m. Wednesday when he was unable to get out of his vehicle.

Since Brightline began service on Jan 12, five people have been struck and two have died. None of them were in cars.

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INDIAN RIVER & MARTIN COUNTIES, CARE FL FILE FEDERAL LAWSUIT AGAINST THE U.S.DOT

ON FEB. 13, INDIAN RIVER COUNTY, MARTIN COUNTY AND CITIZENS AGAINST RAIL EXPANSION IN FLORIDA (CARE FL) FILED A JOIN COMPLAINT AGAINST THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (USDOT) AND THE FEDERAL RAILROAD ADMINISTRATION (FRA). The complaint demonstrates that federal officials ignored or failed to consider the environmental, public safety, maritime and environmental impacts the All Aboard Florida (AAF) rail project will have on Treasure Coast communities.

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MAN SURVIVES AFTER BEING STRUCK BY BRIGHTLINE TRAIN IN WILTON MANORS

RESCUE WORKERS PULLED A MAN FROM UNDERNEATH A BRIGHTLINE AFTER HE WAS STRUCK LATE THURSDAY. The victim was taken to Broward Health Medical Center with a broken arm.

This is the six pedestrian vs. train incident since Brightline began testing. Four victims have died.

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Original article written by Jock Fistick of the South Florida Business Journal.

RICH CAMPBELL SAYS SPEED KILLS

RICH CAMPBELL SAYS SPEED KILLS

Tell us again, Brightline proponents, why Indian River, Martin and St. Lucie counties should support this project, says Campbell.

With a train traveling at 110 mph and 300 yards away, residents have less than 6 seconds to get out of the way, says Cambell. Yes, Brightline can blame the residents for being on the track, but no other rail line in world travels these speeds on hundreds of at-grade crossings. Well designed high-speed trains go underground at intersections, have fences protecting local residents and overhead pedestrian crossings.

WE FEARED BRIGHTLINE WOULD BE DEADLY, BUT THIS IS SICKENING | RICH CAMPBELL

TREASURE COAST RESIDENTS FEARED BRIGHTLINE WOULD BE DEADLY, BUT THIS IS EVEN MORE FRIGHTENING THAN MANY OF US IMAGINED, says Rich Campbell of the TC Palm. After 4 deaths, it is clear that education is not enough to secure the safety of Treasure Coast residents.

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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.