Sleep Number adds store, but its new bed is online-only

Sleep Number is opening its fourth store in the region Friday. This one, in Jensen Beach, follows three other stores in Palm Beach County.

Sleep Number's newest bed is available online. (Provided)
Sleep Number’s newest bed is available online. (Provided)

But when the company rolls out its next big product, the “it Bed” in the fall, you won’t find it any of the regional stores, or in any other Sleep Number’s 500 locations.

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It will only be sold online.

The company bills the it Bed as high-tech assisted sleep. It will, among other features, track your heart and breathing rates hundreds of times as you sleep. The goal is to better help know how to adjust the adjustable bed.

And if you think adjustable beds and other ways of dealing with issues like snoring are for older people, guess again.

“Snoring is a big issue for many people,” said Pete Bils, Sleep Number’s vice president for sleep research. “It affects not just by age, but also by weight and lifestyle.”

Rail tie maker to open plant in Fort Pierce

Rocla Concrete Tie Inc., a Denver-based firm that supplies concrete ties to railroads, will open its new plant in Fort Pierce this week. 2_rails__de__chemin_de__fer1_

The plant will supply railroad ties to All Aboard Florida’s Brightline train service, Florida East Coast Railway, other transit agencies and railroads in the Southeast.

It is located along the Florida East Coast Railway’s main line in Fort Pierce.

A grand opening ceremony will be held at the facility on Wednesday.

Rocla announced it was building the new plant last year. At the time, company officials said the Brightline train service was pushing the need for the plant.

Brightline plans to run 32 trains a day between Miami and Orlando with stops in Ft. Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. Service is expected to start in 2017.

“Rocla is excited to be part of this unique partnership between FECR and All Aboard Florida,” Vice President of Business Development, Brett Urquhart, said in a news release last year. “The immediate need for concrete ties by the All Aboard Florida passenger rail project helped justify this investment, which will allow us to be an ongoing supplier to any other capital projects of All Aboard Florida & FECR, as well as use the FECR network to reach other customers in the future.”

 

Bridge tender may be added to ease backups in Martin County

A bridge tender could be stationed at the St. Lucie River drawbridge in Martin County to help decrease boater backups caused by passing Florida East Coast Railway trains.

Image of Florida East Coast railroad bridge at mile 7.4 at Stuart on display at front of auditorium at Blake Library in Stuart Thursday evening, November 13, 2014, during an information gathering session hosted by the United Coast Guard.   (Damon Higgins / The Palm Beach Post)
Image of Florida East Coast railroad bridge at mile 7.4 at Stuart on display at front of auditorium at Blake Library in Stuart Thursday evening, November 13, 2014, during an information gathering session hosted by the United Coast Guard. (Damon Higgins / The Palm Beach Post)

In a letter to Martin County officials this month, the U.S. Coast Guard said manning a similar span in Fort Lauderdale has been sucessful. Coast Guard officials said they are working with the railroad “to implement similar procedures for the St. Lucie River Bridge.”

The letter came in response to a request by Martin County officials. In a three-page letter to the Coast Guard last month, Deputy County Engineer Terry Rauth  called on the Coast Guard to require a bridge tender at the drawbridge, pointing to the increased rail traffic that All Aboard Florida’s Brightline passenger train service could bring to the trestle.

Rauth also called on the Coast Guard to require that the bridge be locked down for no more than 30 minutes every hour. The county pointed to its 15-month study of vessel traffic at the bridge, which was released Thursday, saying it was critical that Coast Guard ensure the waterway remain open to boat traffic “no less than 30 minutes of every hour.”

In its letter, the Coast Guard said it was weighing the traffic data along with the county’s request for “minimum open times.”

All Aboard’s Brightline service plans to run 32 trains a day — 16 round trips — on the Florida East Coast Railway between Miami and Orlando. Service is expected to start in 2017.

Martin County: Tender needed at St. Lucie railroad bridge

Martin County officials on Thursday called on the U.S. Coast Guard to require a bridge tender at the Florida East Coast Railway drawbridge over the St. Lucie River, pointing to the increased rail traffic that All Aboard Florida’s Brightline passenger train service could bring to the trestle.

In a three-page letter to the Coast Guard, Deputy County Engineer Terry Rauth said it was critical an “onsite, constant bridge tender” is needed to monitor the nearly 80-year-old span.

Image of Florida East Coast railroad bridge at mile 7.4 at Stuart on display at front of auditorium at Blake Library in Stuart Thursday evening, November 13, 2014, during an information gathering session hosted by the United Coast Guard.   (Damon Higgins / The Palm Beach Post)
Image of Florida East Coast railroad bridge at mile 7.4 at Stuart on display at front of auditorium at Blake Library in Stuart Thursday evening, November 13, 2014, during an information gathering session hosted by the United Coast Guard. (Damon Higgins / The Palm Beach Post)

Rauth also called on the Coast Guard to require that the bridge be locked down for no more than 30 minutes every hour. The county pointed to its 15-month study of vessel traffic at the bridge, which was released Thursday, saying it was critical that Coast Guard ensure the waterway remain open to boat traffic “no less than 30 minutes of every hour.”

All Aboard’s Brightline service plans to run 32 trains a day — 16 round trips — on the Florida East Coast Railway between Miami and Orlando. Service is expected to start in 2017.

The letter comes as Coast Guard officials evaluate potential rules changes at the bridge. Martin officials have argued Brightline’s trains could make it more difficult for boaters to navigate by the drawbridge.

“The operating rules for the St. Lucie Bridge will be inextricably entwined with current and permitted future growth of traffic on the associated rail line,” Rauth wrote in the letter. “Projected increases in freight rail traffic, the proposed introduction of passenger rail traffic, accurate measures of current maritime activity and projections of future maritime activity are all key to ensuring the reasonable needs of navigation for the foreseeable future.”

Martin County’s analysis of boat traffic at the St. Lucie River railroad bridge, which was conducted by a private engineering firm, recorded 90,808 vessels passing under the span during the 15-month period from June 2014 through Sept. 2015.

An average of 209.7 boats per day crossed under the bridge, the study found.

The county said traffic counts at the bridge peaked between March and August, when more than 250 boats per day crossed under the span. Traffic on the weekend was also “significantly higher” than other days, the study found.

The St. Lucie River bridge is one of three, including the Loxahatchee River bridge and New River bridge in Fort Lauderdale, that All Aboard Florida has said will get upgrades to allow them to be raised and lowered more quickly.