Boaters protest potential changes to Stuart drawbridge's operating schedule

Article Posted on July 25, 2022

STUART, Fla.  — Dozens of boaters gathered in Stuart on Monday to protest potential changes to the St. Lucie River railroad bridge's operating schedule.

U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, R-Florida, called for at least 70 boats to join Monday's protest in the water near the drawbridge and nearby Roosevelt Bridge.

The Coast Guard is considering changes to the drawbridge's operating schedule to allow trains to pass as Brightline moves into the Treasure Coast.

According to a written statement from the agency, "the Seventh District Commander maintains the statutory and regulatory authority to implement changes to drawbridge schedules. The Coast Guard will reevaluate the need for changes to the operating schedules for the bridges and expects to implement any needed changes to each bridge's schedule to coincide with the start of Brightline's service."

No decision has been made yet about adjusting the drawbridge's operating schedule.

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