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Subject: Brightline/VirginTrainsUSA

Thank you Boca First for keeping us informed every step of the way, I just only saw something about this on mainstream news last night. Question is it true the city Council is voting tonight and secondly how can a major decision like this be made without a vote from the residents ?

Chris Scarpa
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Subject: Brightline/VirginTrainsUSA

Take a look at California’s bullet train project progress so far after 15 or more years ? Nobody is going to ride Brightline’s train with only 3 other stops in places they don’t want to go! If we want to go back in time in regards to travel modes , why not just bring back the horse and buggy??? Really, who’s in charge here ?

Michael Mealer
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Subject: Brightline/VirginTrainsUSA

Is there anyway the complete proposal of the proposed railroad station, parking garage, pedestrian bridge over Dixie and the RR tracks,and potential rezoning areas to go high rise apartments thanks to a TOD re-zoning, etc., go to the voters ? This is such a big deal with lots of taxpayer giveaways and risk in it that it needs to go to the voters. Virgin wants this so bad, they can wait for the public vote. Time is not of the essence. Go to the public vote.

Bob Fredrikson
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Subject: Boca Regional Hospital

It is only good that Boca Regional is now connected to Baptist we won’t lose in the long run however United Healthcare now will be seen for what they are a bunch of grubby money-hungry top feeding Big Spenders. Our community will make out in the long run because Baptist Hospital is much better than what ever Boca Regional was and Baptist has a connection to M A Anderson which is a wonderful cancer hospital so it’ll only help everybody in our area. Unless you are stuck with an employer UHC plan, UnitedHealthcare isn’t the only game in town.

Gary I Berg
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Subject: Brightline/VirginTrainsUSA

Library Commons is a development next to the proposed Brightline Boca station, a group of 80 homes. I bought because it was next to a butterfly garden, the library, and had easy safe walking access to downtown. There is NO attempt by anyone to address the problems this development brings to our community. This is foisted on us. As a community, most people accept the station is coming. We DO NOT want a 4-5 story parking garage next to our properties and want a walkway over Dixie Highway from our community so we can retain the walkability so precious to us allI have the feeling we are on our own with no one in government caring.

Jane Wynn
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Subject: Brightline/VirginTrainsUSA

Library Commons is a development next to the proposed Brightline Boca station, a group of 80 homes. I bought because it was next to a butterfly garden, the library, and had easy safe walking access to downtown. There is NO attempt by anyone to address the problems this development brings to our community. This is foisted on us. As a community, most people accept the station is coming. We DO NOT want a 4-5 story parking garage next to our properties and want a walkway over Dixie Highway from our community so we can retain the walkability so precious to us allI have the feeling we are on our own with no one in government caring.

Jane Wynn
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Subject: Brightline/VirginTrainsUSA
Boca Raton City Council should reconsider placing the Brightline station etc, on the corner of 18 Street and Dixie Hwy by the Hillsboro Canal, which i believe they are going to make a park. It eliminates huge traffic problems, provides easy access, plenty of space, better traffic flow, which we all know is going to happen in the proposed location.
Weren’t they going to close down Second Ave from Palmetto Pk Rd heading north to create a city compound? Where is that in all of this? Is it still on the table?

I like the idea of the train coming to Boca, but NOT where THEY want to put it. It will provide jobs, more Uber, more buses, more cyclists. Plus more pick up space for people who are greeting a Brightline rider or dropping off (Which is going to happen in any location). We do not need any more over building in one location. SERIOUS reconsideration needs to take place.

Linda Jackson
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Subject: Brightline Traffic


I want to commend you for this article especially your point that building a bright line station where they wanna have parking for 400 cars will only increase the traffic issues. I don’t see any steps the city has taken to improve infrastructure to handle increased traffic. As you point out there are thousands more residents coming to Boca how are they going to accommodate additional auto traffic? There’s no plan, no one has suggested light rail up and down Federal Highway and east west on Glades. Just seems to me we lack leadership on this issue.

Scott Shabot
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