By: Lisa Broadt, Treasure Coast Newspapers
STUART — The city is taking steps to explore a potential Brightline station, including holding a workshop Sept. 17 to solicit community input, Mayor Kelli Glass Leighton said Monday.
The commission will not take action for or against a station at the workshop, but will wait until the issue can be put on a regular meeting agenda, most likely Sept. 24, according to Glass Leighton.
"We want to get feedback from the community before we do anything," Glass Leighton said Monday.
Brightline officials on Aug. 27 renewed an offer to examine Treasure Coast locations for future stations and asked Stuart, Fort Pierce, Sebastian and Vero Beach to submit proposals showing viable station locations and community support.
Brightline previously had said it would consider a Treasure Coast station, but had not previously contacted specific cities, soliciting proposals and providing needed criteria.
Stuart officials' immediate response to Brightline's offer was mixed with Interim City Manager Dave Dyess saying the city continues to oppose the train and City Attorney Michael Mortell urging commissioners to at least put together a proposal.
It's not the first time Stuart has broached the possibility of a station…