Coast Guard Wants Bridge Comments October 14, 2014
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 for three of the region’s rivers, all used regularly by boat owners and businesses. Interested parties are encouraged to complete a navigation survey (see link below) 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, navigational hazards such as currents, obstructions, and those hazards that may not be evident from charts and published materials. The affected waterways and related bridges include: — All Aboard Florida crossing the Florida East Coast Railway tracks; — New River in downtown Fort Lauderdale; — Loxahatchee River in Jupiter; — St. Lucie River, Okeechobee Waterway, in Stuart. The Coast Guard is also participating with the U.S. Department of Transportation to study the environmental impacts of the proposed All Aboard Florida project. Interested parties are requested to express their navigability concerns in writing. Comments mailed (or emailed) on or before November 1, 2014, will be made part of the official record. Details, forms and additional information can be found here. Public meetings regarding the bridges have been postponed with updates to be available by clicking on the noted rivers through this link. See related article in this newsletter on the Federal Railroad agency request for comments on the overall All Aboard Florida proposal.