New infrastructure may impact recreational boaters by closing bridges, limiting access to waterways or changing traffic patterns. As plans are made to improve transportation boaters, and legislators strive to understand how these changes may impact boating.
Boating enthusiasts in Florida are currently voicing their concern about the impact of railway expansions and bridge closures on access to some of their local waterways.
This shows how improvements to infrastructure may benefit some groups but affect others negatively. Resolving these issues takes time, money and diplomacy.
Congressman Brian Mast (FL-18) has tasked the U.S. Coast Guard with conducting a navigation feasibility survey in his state. Through this study, the Coast Guard will gather information about how increased railroad service on the St. Lucie and Loxahatchee Railroad Bridges could impact boaters on Florida’s Treasure Coast.
The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) invited its members to complete a survey by early February of 2018. The goal was to collect feedback regarding the impact of potentially more frequent drawbridge closings along the Treasure Coast on recreational boaters.
There are potential obstacles for recreational boaters that could arise from improvements to the infrastructure across the country. We’ll keep watching the news to see how these improvements impact recreational and commercial boating.
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