NBC5 WPTV West Palm: All Aboard Florida could impact man’s pet business in Vero Beach
Posted on September 10, 2014
VERO BEACH, Fla. – A local business owner worries All Aboard Florida could force him to close. He recently received a letter from the company behind the project telling him they have rights to part of his property.
Douglas Moore owns Cindi’s Pet & Aquarium Center here in Vero Beach. He sells reptiles, fish, birds and puppies plus food and treats.
“My future is very uncertain at this time,” says Moore.
That’s because of All Aboard Florida. The project will run from Orlando to Miami. It will add 16 round trip high speed trains in his backyard.
“According to my vet the vibration alone of that many more trains will probably put me out of the animal business,” says Moore.
He told us the vet says the vibration will frighten the animals. Moore is also concerned about a letter from the Florida East Coast Railway. The letter tells him the company has a right of way to the back of his business. That includes several parking spots and storage space.
“Losing 5, 6 parking spots is gonna mean I lose 5 or 6 customers,” says Moore.
He’s the not the only one concerned. Next door is Royal Ballroom Dance Studio. The owners started their dancing business almost four years ago.
“People like it you know we don’t want to move,” says owner Oleg Dimidrov.
He and his wife Asya worry about the noise and if the project will impact their property just like their neighbor.
Moore says he has written to lawmakers including the governor asking for help. He also has an attorney.