Martin County Opposes Brightline

Guest column: Martin County opposes Brightline, despite South Florida support By Taryn Kryzda, Martin County Administrator April 26, 2017 TC Palm Over the past several decades, many counties in South Florida have authorized expansions of urban development boundaries, towering building heights, increased density and construction of new roads to support surging growth. We acknowledge why the […]

FDFC silent after lawmakers question All Aboard Florida bonding process

By Peter Schorsch April 13, 2017 Saint Peters Blog Two Republican lawmakers are still waiting for a response from the Florida Development Finance Corporation about its approval of a $600 million private equity bond application for All Aboard Florida. The rail project is seeking to provide passenger service from Miami to West Palm Beach and, […]

Martin County applauds newly-filed Florida High-Speed Passenger Rail Safety Act

Martin County Press Release January 18, 2017 Martin County applauds Senator Debbie Mayfield (R-Melbourne), Representatives MaryLynn Magar (R-Hobe Sound), Gayle Harrell (R-Stuart) and Erin Grall (R-Vero Beach) who filed legislation yesterday that will enhance public safety at railroad crossings and alleviate the financial burden put on local governments to upgrade and maintain the crossings for […]

Video: Guardians Year In Review

Check out our many public awareness campaigns during 2016 from our annual meeting, held on December 13, 2016. You can move the playhead to the following times to watch individual speakers and presentations: Opposition to All Aboard Florida/Merrill Snyder: 58 seconds How Social Media Works/Chris Adams: 10 minutes Clean Water Campaigns/Merrill Snyder: 24m 17s Florida’s Path […]

The Guardians of Martin County Requests and Receives An Extension for Public Comment Period on AAF

The Guardians of Martin County, the Boards of County Commissioners of Martin County and Indian River County, U.S. Representative Bill Posey, and others wrote to the Army Corps of Engineers to request an extension for the public comment period. At the same time, Guardians requested a public hearing on All Aboard Florida’s proposed projects. The Army […]

Letter Writing Campaign to Expose All Aboard Florida

Investors Leave All Aboard Florida Hanging All Aboard Florida has made a lot of noise about a name change and colorful trains. Yet even as Brightline was being promoted, AAF’s $1.75 billion bond offering was being scrapped. Investors Saw Too Much Risk No matter what the market conditions, investors couldn’t swallow the risk. As Dan […]

Bond market postpones sales, including All Board Florida’s issue

The Palm Beach Post via Brian Chappatta Bloomberg The municipal-bond market is forcing high-yield borrowers to scrap their junk. The Florida Development Finance Corp. this week postponed a $1.75 billion unrated bond sale for All Aboard Florida, a passenger railroad backed by Fortress Investment Group LLC, that underwriters have been marketing since August. A Texas […]

BRIGHTLINE: Plan For Miami-To-Orlando Train is Terrible, Critics Say

BY DEIRDRA FUNCHEONWEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2015 Broward Palm Beach New Times On Monday, representatives from All Aboard Florida — the private company that plans to run 32 passenger trains a day between Miami and Orlando — released pictures of what the trains will look like and announced that the project would be known by a […]