Key West Dredging

Will the well-known tarpon destination sell its soul?

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Millions of taxpayer dollars should not be used to destroy marine habitat so that a minority of businessmen can make a quick buck.Alamy/Serdar
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Plume trails from cruise ships silt the Key West seafloor, killing vital habitat. Key West Harbor was last dredged in 2005. A great number of corals, sponges and sea fans were removed; that loss of natural filtering systems compounded the siltation problem.World Angling
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Key West features flat-calm mornings, sometimes with large fish rolling as far as the eye can see. Dredging Key West Harbor cold change this fisherman's paradise dramatically.World Angling
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What kind of legacy do we want to leave in Key West: tacky T-shirt shops or an extraordinary marine ecosystem that supports awesome congregations of tarpon? We're betting the angler above would like to see those tarpon stay.Pat Ford
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Captain Will Benson’s Silver Lining chronicles the struggle between cruise ships and fishermen in Florida's Key West.