A new coalition of northern Palm Beach County and Treasure Coast communities has formed a limited liability company to fight All Aboard Florida, the proposed express passenger rail service from Miami to Orlando.
The coalition adds to grassroots efforts that had preceded it, such as Florida NOT All Aboard. It has developed a strategic plan and raised money to obtain legal counsel to respond to an Environmental Impact Statement, which has yet to be released.
“We do have significant resources talentwise and otherwise to take our concerns over public safety, quality of live and the impact on our home values to the next level,” said Bill Ward, CEO of Mariner Sands Country Club in Stuart, and a member of the CARE’s steering committee. “We’re just working at a variety of levels to share our concerns.”
The coalition sent a letter to Gov. Rick Scott today saying it has many questions about financing of the project, including whether community taxpayer dollars will be needed to supplement safety upgrades and maintenance at crossings.
“To be sure, and as you have publicly articulated, these rail projects have potential benefits,” the letter says. “But that also begs a fundamental question: For how many, and at what cost?”
Other members of the coalition include Frenchman’s Creek Beach & Country Club in Palm Beach Gardens, the Club at Admiral’s Cove, and Jonathan’s Landing, both in Jupiter.