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USCG wants to hear from boaters about impact of Florida train

The commander of the U.S. Coast Guard’s 7th District is collecting information about the needs of marine traffic as it relates to the proposed passenger train and its crossing of three rivers on its route from Miami to Orlando.

An eight-question survey requests information such as vertical clearance needs, and frequency of transits on waterways including the New River in Ft. Lauderdale. Results of the survey and other supporting comments are only accepted in writing before Nov. 1 in one of three ways:

1. Mailed to the Office of the Commander, Seventh Coast Guard District, Brickell Plaza Federal Building, 909 S.E. First Ave., Suite 432, Miami, Fla., 33131-3050.

2. E-mailed to USCGD7DPBPublicComment@uscg.mil.

3. Hand delivered at one of three locations:

For the New River: Wednesday, Oct. 1, from 7-9 p.m., at Embassy Suites, 1100 S.E. 17th St. in Ft. Lauderdale (33316).

For the Loxahatchee River: Thursday, Oct. 2, 7-9 p.m., at Embassy Suites, 4350 PGA Blvd. in Palm Beach Gardens (33410).

For the St. Lucie River: Friday, Oct. 3, 7-9 p.m., at Hutchinson Island Marriott Beach Resort, 555 N.E. Ocean Blvd. in Stuart (34996).

“In order to ensure the reasonable needs of navigation are being met by current bridge operation regulations, the U.S. Coast Guard is gathering written information from mariners to help determine if a change in federal bridge operating regulations should be considered,” the USCG said in a public notice. “Interested parties are encouraged to complete the navigation survey and return it to the Seventh Coast Guard District offices to be included in the official record. Information helpful to this effort includes current and future use of the waterway (especially through movable bridges), the kind and type of vessels used, frequency of use, and navigational hazards such as currents, obstructions and those hazards that may not be evident from charts and published materials.”

LINK TO SURVEY:

www.navcen.uscg.gov/pdf/bridges/publicNotices/D07DPB-11-14_FEC%20RR%20Bridge_St%20Lucie%20River.pdf

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