Below is the text of a resolution passed by the IRNA Board of Directors on February 16, 2018.
WHEREAS, on February 13, Citizens Against Railroad Expansion in Florida (CARE FL), Martin and Indian River Counties and Indian River County Emergency Services District (collectively Complainants) filed a Complaint in a lawsuit they have jointly brought against the U.S. Department of Transportation and other federal parties (collectively Federal Defendants), and
WHEREAS, the Complaint challenges the lawfulness of actions the Federal Defendants have taken and have failed to take regarding the All Aboard Florida Project - a proposed passenger railroad between Miami and Orlando (AAF Project),
WHEREAS, one such action taken by the Federal Defendants was the allocation of $1,150,000,000 of tax exempt private activity bonds (PABs) to build Phase II of the AAF Project between West Palm Beach and Orlando (Phase II Project”), and
WHEREAS, the Complaint requests relief from the Federal District Court that, among other things,
WHEREAS, the Indian River Neighborhood Association (IRNA) has consistently supported similar lawsuits brought by the Complainants against the Federal Defendants and other parties that have properly put in doubt the viability and lawfulness of the Phase II Project.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT IRNA fully endorses the lawsuit brought by the Complainants and commends them for their perseverance and use of both public and private funds to that end.