NO WAY!’: In what may be a harbinger of things to come along the Treasure Coast, the Indian River County Commission rejected a request this week from All Aboard Florida that would have cost taxpayers money.
The request would have left county taxpayers responsible for maintaining a second track and safety features the passenger rail company plans to add in the county.
The issue? Whether All Aboard Florida would be allowed to come in as a third party on leases the county already has with Florida East Coast Railway, the sister company of All Aboard Florida and owner of the land under the tracks.
County commissioners voted 5-0 to reject the request. They then authorized County Attorney Dylan Reingold to negotiate with All Aboard Florida and FEC to revise the county’s right-of-way leases to reflect the increased costs of maintaining the crossings after All Aboard expands them.