Monday, March 04, 2013
The Key West Channel Dredging Project: Fighting the same battles, all over again ... by gimleteye
Royal Caribbean wants taxpayers to help dredge Key West Harbor (again) so that its largest ships can disgorge thousands more passengers in the Southermost city. Fishing in the Florida Keys brought me to the fight. In my lifetime, beginning in the early 1970s, I witnessed the last of the Everglades ecosystem firing on all cylinders in Florida Bay. Every battle to protect wetlands from development, shoreline from condos, every battle to enforce water quality laws, is a repetition of an outcome that has already been contested. Should Key West channels be dredged to advance the profit motive of a few corporations? No. No. No.