ALL ABOARD FLORIDA, SAND PROJECT JUST START OF WHAT TREASURE COAST CAN DO FOR OTHERS

Publish Date: 
Friday, October 2, 2015 - 9:30am

RICH CAMPBELL - TCPALM

I’d like to propose a new marketing slogan for our region:

“The Treasure Coast: We Exist For the Benefit of Others.”

There’s a common thread connecting All Aboard Florida’s plan to run 32 daily passenger trains between Miami and Orlando, and the Army Corps of Engineers’ proposal to raid Treasure Coast sand to renourish Miami-Dade beaches.

The parallel is our region shouldering the burden for the benefit of other parts of the state.

Need a rail conduit to shuttle passengers from Miami to Orlando and back again?

We’ve got you covered.

Feel free to use the existing Florida East Coast rail line. It runs through the heart of some of our most populous communities.

Sure, we’re already burdened by delays at rail crossings. About a dozen daily freight trains now cause gridlock at our major intersections. Add 32 daily passenger trains to the mix and our rail crossings may become long, narrow parking lots.

But we’re an understanding people. We know those Miami-to-Orlando passengers must reach their destination in about three hours for All Aboard Florida to succeed. For this reason, there will be no train stop on the Treasure Coast.

We’re OK with this.

Why? We exist to promote the happiness of people outside our region.

We ask only one thing of these rail passengers: Please smile and wave to the motorists stacked bumper to bumper at our blocked intersections.

We’ll be smiling back at you.

Your joy is our satisfaction.

Our region also is delighted to provide sand to renourish Miami-Dade beaches.

Sure, we’ve got our own beaches. Great ones. And we might need the sand located off the coast of Martin and St. Lucie counties in the next 50 to 100 years.

But Miami-Dade County has exhausted all of its local sand sites and is desperately seeking alternate sources. The corps says there are 5.2 million cubic yards of sand off our shores that could solve Miami’s problem.

Hey, “sand happens.” It’s here today/gone tomorrow.

We understand.

And we know what it’s like to run out of something. We ran out of patience a long time ago with federal agencies that issue reports blessing stupid projects.