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Action! Sept. 3: Attend or call Brevard County Commissioners

Written by  Mary Hillberg and others

Posted August 25, 2015
Port Canaveral railroad expansion, cont'd.

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ACTION!

Importance: High
 
September 3rd – 5:00 PM at the Brevard County Commission Chambers at Viera Government Center, Building C, Viera. 

Help OUR lagoon environment!  For the water, wildlife, our property values and the next generation. 
ATTEND You don’t have to speak - SHOWING UP MAKES A DIFFERENCE!
 
SAVE THE DATE – September 3rd at 5:00 PM in the Commission Chambers at Viera – the Brevard County Commissioners will consider the following Resolution.  If enough people make the time to be there it will help them know we want our lagoon, wildlife, environment and property values protected!   

If you just can’t make it, see below for the Commissioners’ email addresses for your convenience.
 
RESOLUTION
 
WHEREAS, The Canaveral Port Authority Cargo Rail Expansion Project is intended to provide railroad access to the north side of Port Canaveral for the purpose of transporting cargo containers and materials to existing rail services; and
 
WHEREAS, the extension is proposed to run from the north side of Port Canaveral across the northern section of the Banana River with a causeway/bridge to Merritt Island, south of Hall Road on North Merritt Island, and continue northward through the Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge to link up with existing NASA rail; and
 
WHEREAS, while the Port is touting this project as an economic boom for the local economy, there is significant opposition from fishermen, environmentalists, community activists and homeowners, believing this project will negatively impact north Merritt Island residents and will cause major impacts to the Indian River Lagoon, wetlands and the quality of life in North Merritt Island neighborhoods along the proposed route; and
 
WHEREAS, Canaveral Port Authority Public Meetings have been standing room only with many citizens loudly opposing new train tracks on Merritt Island and their impacts to the Lagoon; and
 
WHEREAS, the Canaveral Port Authority has provided extremely optimistic estimates for the Port’s expansion, job creation, reduction of shipping costs for Central Florida Businesses and the economic growth to the area without full consideration of the cost and impact to the North Merritt Island Community and the entire northern end of the Banana River Lagoon.
 
          NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA, does hereby oppose the planned Merritt Island routes for the Canaveral Port Authority Cargo Rail Expansion Project and strongly urges the Canaveral Port Authority Commissioners to listen to their constituents and explore the alternative routes, especially the use of existing railroad tracks through Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
 
DONE, ORDERED AND ADOPTED, in regular session, this 3rd day of September, A.D., 2015
 
 
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ROBIN FISHER, CHAIRMAN
BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA
 
ATTEST
 
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SEND EMAIL TO COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
 
Brevard County Commissioners’ email addresses:

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. – Robin Fisher
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. – Jim Barfield
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. – Trudie Infantini
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. = Curt Smith
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. – Andy Anderson
 
SAMPLE LETTER TO COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
 
Dear Commissioner XXX,
We strongly support the Indian river Lagoon, Wetlands and Wildlife Refuge.  Not only are thee treasures a plus for our ectourism industry, county revenues and property values, but they are a free natural gift that, once destroyed, are gone forever.  Please support the Resolution to oppose a freight train running through our home on September 3, 2015.
 
Respectfully,
YOUR NAME

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LINKS

Petition: Stop Port Authority's proposed rail expansion
http://www.scpaflorida.com/item/3076-petition-stop-port-authority-s-proposed-rail

Citizen's Petition to stop proposed railroad expansion
http://stopportcanaveralrailextension.com/

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Thanks to Dorothee Custer, Douglas Sphar, and Mary Hillberg. Compiled by Team SCPA.

 

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