Letter BY Frank Leroux, Micco To TCPalm
These 125 mph, ground-level machines will travel from Miami to Cocoa Beach, over to Orlando and then back to Miami 16 times daily each way. This adds up to 8,000 miles of at-risk tracks all creatures (including the Florida panther) will have to cross.
Trains traveling at 65-125 mph leave most sound behind them providing little warning for helpless animals. I believe we have only about 150 panthers left. Who will the odds favor — the panther or the 125-mph trains?
These trains are promoted as ready to start runs in 2016. There will be no fences to keep people and animals off most tracks. This will leave animals with three options. Learn the meaning of "no trespassing," get out of the way or get run over.
It seems Floridians are given the same options by Florida East Coast/All Aboard Florida. They claim because this is a private company, using their funds and right of way, these trains are not our concern. Except what if we are not ready to get out of the way or get run over? Is this our Florida or the railroad's?
FEC developed relationships many politicians over the years, so they would be on their side.
It was just six months ago that most of us became aware of this high-speed train; meanwhile, elected officials accepted the train company's campaign money while being told there is nothing they can really do to stop the train.
It is time we tell them to get off the gravy train and stand with us to save the animals and let us decide what is right for Florida.
Please contact Not All Aboard Florida/Stop Big Choo Choo on the web to let our politicians know we oppose this train project.