Brightline clears legal hurdle in Treasure Coast dispute

Rail service expects to open its Miami to West Palm Beach lines by this summer

Apr.April 01, 2017 10:00 AM

A rendering of the first five Brightline trains set to start running in 2017

All Aboard Florida’s controversial Brightline railway project came out on top of another legal challenge Friday, when a Tallahassee judge reportedly approved a key environmental permit for the Miami-to-Orlando rail service.

The Palm Beach Post reported that Administrative Law Judge Bram Canter shot down a challenge from the Indian River Farms Water Control District, which contended that new bridges built over canals by Brightline could increase flood risks in Indian River County.

Canter’s decision defended the St. Johns River Water Management District’s issuance of the permit in August last year.

This isn’t the first roadblock Brightline has faced, especially from the Treasure Coast. Martin and Indian River counties filed suit last year attempting to block the project, and All Aboard executes reportedly believe a new bill in the Florida Legislature is aimed at preventing the project from finishing its Orlando stretch.

Brightline is expecting to launch service between Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach this summer.

The news comes a little more than a month after All Aboard’s parent company, Fortress Investment Group, announced it was being acquired by Japanese telecom giant SoftBank Group Corp. in a deal valued at $3.3 billion. [Palm Beach Post]Sean Stewart-Muniz

Related Articles

ADF lawyer Stuart Sobel and Virgin MiamiCentral

Virgin MiamiCentral station developer and builder to pay $10.5M settlement

Daily Digest Miami

Forever 21’s Lincoln Road store among planned closures, downtown Miami office building hits the market: Daily digest

2 MiamiCentral and 3 MiamiCentral

Defunct Facchina sues to collect $4.3M for MiamiCentral office building work

Richard Branson (Credit: Getty Images and iStock)

Here’s where Virgin Trains is proposing a mixed-use station in Boca Raton

The Vue at Brickell building and Gaston Tomaghelli

Feds freeze Miami condos tied to Argentinian drug trafficking and money laundering scheme

Joe Carollo and a Coconut Grove House

Busted: City doles out code violations to Miami commissioner’s Coconut Grove home

Dean Trantalis, Ken Valach, and a Alexan Tarpon River rendering

Condo association sues Fort Lauderdale after city rejects plans for downtown site

David Beckham, Jorge Mas and a rendering of the Overtown stadium

David Beckham, partners to close on county site in Overtown after all