MOVE ALL THAT FREIGHT TRAFFIC WEST AND LEAVE TREASURE COAST UNSPOILED

Publish Date: 
Friday, July 8, 2016 - 1:45pm

Brenda McCarthy of Vero Beach

 

It has long been my contention that freight is the cause of this nonsense. Passenger trains are a flash in the pan that will not last.

The Panama Canal has been widened, deepened and modernized. The Port of Miami has had extensive work done recently. Even Fort Pierce is facing work at the inlet and harbor. A "freight depot" perhaps for Fort Pierce?

So stop with the Brightline absurdity. It's all about freight and the dollars that can be made — lots of them. And the heck with all the small towns that will suffer along the way.

Don't any of our elected representatives listen to the citizens they are supposed to serve and who got them their big salaries, pensions and health insurance among some of the perks?

This must be stopped. Let the freight go west. The cows won't mind.

Apply eminent domain: "The right of a government to appropriate private property for public use." Let the land and tracks be returned to the counties they run through and put to public use — walking trails, parks, children's playgrounds, dog parks.

The uses seem endless and all for the good of our wonderful Vero Beach and other communities along the way. Our heirs will applaud us.