Wednesday, May 7, 2014

All Aboard Florida agrees to longer public comment period after input from Gov. Scott

All Aboard Florida agrees to a 75 day comment period in preparation of the Environmental Impact Statement. According to Kim Delaney of Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council during her presentation last night (5/6) at the City Commission meeting, the company was being asked to agree to a 90 day comment period, rather than what would be a 45 day period. This is a compromise position. Click title for link to the Palm Beach Post blog that summarizes some of the latest developments in the project. Look for Ms. Delaney's presentation later today on video right here on this blog.

Here is some of what the Post talks about in the article:
All Aboard Florida will tell the Federal Railroad Association that it is amenable to extending the public comment period from 45 days to 75 days following the release of the environmental impact statement.
The statement, which is expected in the next several weeks, will discuss the effect the express passenger rail service will have on areas north of West Palm Beach, including bridges and water traffic.
A notice released last night by All Aboard Florida said it was contacted Tuesday by Gov. Rick Scott to discuss the timeframes surrounding the solicitation of public input for the project and that he emphasized the need to give ample time and opportunity to the public to express their views.