Port of Key West Florida Cruise Ship Terminal

Port of Key West Florida Cruise Ship Terminal – Port of Key West according to Wikipedia, economic benefits from visiting cruise ship passengers are substantial but not attractive to all Key West citizens as the daily presence of thousands of tourists from cruise ships affects the character of the city, resulting in operation of facilities that cater to mass tourism rather than to a potentially more profitable and pleasant upscale clientele. There are also environmental issues as Key West is surrounded by coral habitat. On October 1, 2013, 74% of resident voters opposed a referendum that would have allowed the City Commission to request a feasibility study from the Army Corps of Engineers for a $36 million project to dredge a wider channel for cruise ships. So, in the last several years, larger cruise ships have increasingly bypassed Key West due to the narrowness of the island’s main ship channel. –