Letter: Take down All Aboard Florida before it takes Treasure Coast down with it

Posted on January 13, 2016

By: Theodore W. Robinson III

Destroy All Aboard Florida. That is the only way to stop the intrinsic damage to Florida's Treasure Coast that high-speed passenger rail will bring.

All Aboard Florida is a public-private partnership comprised of progressive urban planners, theme park visionaries, real estate developers, railroad freight traffickers, transportation agency regulators, self-serving politicians, lawyers, lobbyists, and other special interests seeking profit at taxpayers' expense. None have high-speed passenger rail operating experience.

All Aboard Florida is a high-risk, extravagant, dangerous venture. Benefits are suspect.

Mixing passengers with hazardous freight is dicey. Accidents are bound to happen.

Financial collapse is inevitable. Amtrak service between Orlando and Miami is already in place.

The socioeconomic and environmental impact on Indian River, Martin, and St. Lucie counties is too huge to calculate, mitigate or remedy. There is no upside.

All Aboard Florida is but an elaborate scheme to fund Florida East Coast Industries' private real estate and railroad development plans with taxpayer money under the guise of job creation.

Public health, safety and welfare take precedence over corporate property rights, and allowing Florida East Coast Industries to further impede, obstruct and control traffic on our east-west public roads and waterways is out of the question.

We the people of Indian River, Martin and St. Lucie counties remain in charge of public spending, our quality of life and overall well-being. We will not be pushed around or ripped off. So bye-bye, All Aboard Florida. Goodbye and good riddance.

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