While the presently proposed high speed rail may one day in fifty or seventy-five years become a necessity in Florida, why build it now when it is not a necessity? Only the rich can afford to use it. By the time we need it for public transportation, it will be rotten then, and mortgaged three times, and will have to be replaced at taxpayer expense.
Executive Order 11988 & 11990, Protection of Floodplains/Wetlands, (1977): Requires Federal agencies to minimize impacts of Federal activities on floodplains/wetlands.
That should include not providing money to private enterprise which intends to corrupt environmental permitting agencies and then do whatever they like- with or without permission. Did this just not happen before our very eyes in the Louisiana Gulf? It has been happening since the 1917 Florida Legislature mandated the everglades must be drained, and the taxpayers must pay for it.
The description of impacts on Environmentally Sensitive Lands according to the route for the proposed high speed rail should just about fill up an entire agency in each county concerned, and necessitate the calling in of additional troops of the Army Corps of Engineers.
There is evidence that Wild West land indemnification tactics are already manifesting in certain of the grovelands. "Developers" purchase groves which become infested with an uncontrollable bacterial infection called "citrus greening." The bacteria are spread from tree to tree by insects. The development is then abandoned, leaving a dead grove and an infestation behind which threatens the neighboring land.
"Citrus greening" is also known as yellow dragon disease, or HIB which stands for Huanglongbing in Chinese. One can use imagination to get what one likes from such an interesting word.
Florida has been promised and unpromised miniscule amounts for Everglades Restoration compared to what is being offered by the government to the builders of the high speed rail. What do we have for Everglades now but pythons devouring the rightful inhabitants of what was once one of the most unique ecosystems in the world? This is something to be having a Tea Party about, isn't it? Ladies of the Glades! Headlights forward, please.
You better think, think, think- think about what they're trying to do to ME
(To those who can remember, "It's not nice to fool Mother Nature.")