June 21, 2023
STUART—The United States Coast Guard has issued a temporary deviation from the operating schedule that governs the Florida East Coast (FEC) Railroad Bridge, mile 7.41, and the NW Dixie Highway Bridge, mile 7.5, across the Okeechobee Waterway (OWW), at Stuart, Florida.
In anticipation of a significant increase in railway activity across the FEC Railroad Bridge, the USCG is considering changing the operating regulation for the FEC Railroad Bridge to allow the drawbridge to operate on a more predictable schedule. The operating regulation for the adjacent NW Dixie Highway Bridge will be modified to allow for the drawbridges to operate in concert.
This deviation will test a change to the drawbridge operation schedule to determine whether a permanent change to the schedule is needed.
Under this temporary deviation, the FEC Railroad Bridge shall open on signal at the quarter and three-quarter hour and remain open until all vessels requiring or requesting an opening have cleared, except any open period shall not exceed 15 minutes.
This deviation is effective from 12:01 a.m. on June 21, 2023, through 11:59 p.m. on December 17, 2023.
CLICK HERE to make a public comment. Public comments and related material must reach the USCG on or before August 4, 2023.
Marine Industries Association of the Treasure Coast
Our elected officials need to understand how changing the USCG operating schedule at the FEC Railroad Bridge will impact mariners and marine-related businesses. Please take a moment to contact each of your elected officials below and share your thoughts.