State Senate candidates Altman and Miller talk about All Aboard Florida

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Sunday, August 10, 2014 - 10:00am

Isadora Rangel August 9 2014 TCPalm

Because many Indian River County voters oppose All Aboard Florida, the two candidates running in the state Senate District 16’s Aug. 26 Republican primary have made it a high-priority campaign issue.

Incumbent Sen. Thad Altman, a contractor from Rockledge and 11-year state legislator, is challenged by Monique Miller, a Melbourne account manager in the computer industry. The district includes parts of Indian River and Brevard counties.

All Aboard Florida proposes 32 daily, high-speed passenger trains between Miami and Orlando that will cut through Treasure Coast communities without stopping here. The company is seeking a federal loan and could ask for state grants.

Here are the candidates’ thoughts about the project:

Miller: “I have been working hard to stop All Aboard Florida’s plans to devastate our coastal communities. While I would never interfere with private business being conducted in a free market, that is not what this is. Taxpayers in both counties — particularly seniors on fixed incomes — are neither prepared nor willing to handle the potential impacts of All Aboard Florida: higher property taxes with no benefits to them.”

Altman: “I do not support the All Aboard Florida’s rail proposal. This train runs through our communities with all of it associated negative impacts. It provides no stops and has absolutely no benefit at all to our region. It is a great injustice. For Treasure Coast and Space Coast residents it would be better called ‘You Are Not Allowed to Board.’