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Does anyone oppose a Brightline station in Boca?

Opposition to a Brightline station in Boca could surface Tuesday night. So far, the only worries have been about the proposed site.

Brightline/Virgin Trains’ second council presentation tops the Sept. 24 agenda. The council meeting starts at 6 p.m. in city hall.

Council’s been upfront about requesting more facts from the company’s plans. The only detail divulged before was their intentions to build on Northwest Second Avenue abutting the train tracks.

The site holds the Downtown Library with the Friends’ used bookstore in the foyer that generates donation revenue for the city’s two libraries. The Junior League’s community garden is next door.

The Junior League’s community garden. Photo courtesy of Lacey Lin Photography.

Friends’ president Cynthia Bloom has made her concerns known to council twice. They center around losing the open parking lot at 400 NW Second Ave.

She sent council a letter outlining her misgivings as soon as Brightline surfaced in Boca. Bloom made it clear she doesn’t oppose the station, just the location of the proposed garage.

“The Friends of the Library are deeply concerned about parking for Downtown Library users,” the letter said. “At the top of our list is safety and security, as well as accessibility for library patrons both day and night.

“There are over a quarter million people who visit the Downtown Library every year, the majority of which are families with small children and seniors.

“We oppose the use of the parking lot area for commercial and residential development, which was originally proposed by Virgin Trains USA. It is fraught with problems that taxpayers need to understand more fully.”

Last week, Bloom sent Friends, bookstore members and library patrons a heads up and asked them to attend the meeting to listen and speak up.

By Marci Shatzman

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