December 2011

Mr. and Mrs. Claus arrive in Ft. Pierce by train

FORT PIERCE — About 50 people braved a rainstorm to get a brief visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus as Florida East Coast Railway's second annual Toys for Tots train passed through town Saturday.

While about two dozen children sat one at a time on Santa's lap, 28 of Santa's "elves" passed out treats to the children and unloaded 642 toys to the distributed later to needy children by the Marine Corps League's Jack Ivy detachment in St. Lucie County.

Toys for Tots train rolls into a south florida station

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (WSVN) -- A train packed with gifts for underprivileged children rolled into a Fort Lauderdale train station, Saturday.

Broward County looks to fill top port job

Broward County is close to filling one of its top jobs — director of Port Everglades, a huge economic engine and a hub for cruise, petroleum and cargo traffic.

Director Phil Allen, who's been running Port Everglades since 2006, is retiring Feb 3.

Two of the three finalists are from Texas; the third already works in Port Everglades, as a deputy to Allen.

Downtown Miami passenger rail gathers steam

After a year that saw very little activity, the idea of running passenger trains directly into downtown Miami is heating up, say directors of Miami's Downtown Development Authority.
   But they say they fear the plan might jump the tracks under the direction of the Florida Department of Transportation.

USA: Miami Port Dredging Project Will Boost Florida's Economy, Says Official

The whole concept of the Panama Canal widening makes Port of Miami the target area.

Thoughtful consideration has been directed towards the $77 million that Gov. Rick Scott provided for the dredging of the harbor.

However, this is only one of three leading projects that have been in the works for more than a decade.

These are a $50 million project to repair the rail lines from the port to the Florida East Coast Railway and digging the $1 billion Port of Miami tunnel.

Toys for Tots Christmas Train Stopping in St. Augustine

By Rhonda Parker'

St. Augustine - The oldest city’s fire department and the police departments will be the site for drop off of toys for the Florida East Coast Railway and United States Marine Corp’s 2nd Annual Toys for Tots Christmas Train. 

According to an FEC spokesperson, the Toys for Tots Train will make a stop in St. Augustine on December 10, 2011 at 8:45 am at the Sebastian Way Crossing north of St. Augustine, to pick up toys from the community.