Friday, November 20, 2015

Monorail in the Florida Keys? It's being seriously considered by the Monroe County Commission

This is what confuses the public. On the one hand there's concern about sea level rise and climate change but "The [Monroe] county's Climate Change Advisory Committee requested the study [emphasis added]" to embark on a major infrastructure project in the low-lying Florida Keys. The word "disconnect" comes to mind. Don't get me wrong, I am not a 'denier' on climate change or rising sea levels; my position is I don't have the answers.

Interestingly, the 7th Annual Southeast Florida Regional Climate Leadership Summit is in Key West starting December 1st. This is the news from Local10 referenced above:
     County commissioners in the Florida Keys will be asking state transportation officials to help study whether a light rail or monorail system would be feasible for the island chain.
     The Monroe County Commission agreed Tuesday to work with the Florida Department of Transportation on the study.
     Some commissioners and residents opposed the idea, saying a rail system would add visual clutter to scenic U.S. Highway 1.
This would be a fascinating panel discussion at the Climate Leadership Summit coming up.