Without Cruise Ships, Key West Residents Are Enjoying A Quieter, Clearer Harbor

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In twenty nine thousand nine. Almost a million people visited the small island of key west florida by cruise ship since late march. Twenty twenty the island like the rest of the country has had no cruise ship traffic. The whole industry was shut down by the pandemic now. Cruise lines are preparing to start sailing in the us again. As soon as this summer as wwl are ns. Nancy klinger reports key west would like that restart to be on a much smaller level but the state of florida has other ideas on most evenings. The key west harbor front is packed. Hundreds of people had their to admire the sun sinking into the gulf of mexico. Artists sell their work one performer. Juggles fire another balances a bike on his head out on the water. There's a big catamaran on a sunset cruise around boat shaped like a tiki hut with a bar in the middle motors past fishing. Boats had in for the evening but one kind of vessel is missing for decades cruise ships. Were an almost daily site in key west harbor but none of sailed in the us more than a year if key westerners have their way the big ships that towered over the low lying town are over last. November residents voted to limit. Crews visitation julia. Gonzales has lived here for twenty years. She's selling silk scarves masks bags at the sunset celebration on the harbor. She says she doesn't miss the cruise ships. I'm enjoying it. Actually well primarily because the beaches look more beautiful now the ocean. When i've been out there snark land st- everything seems just fresher and cleaner and better. You know it was very mckeever. Many many years and just slowly deteriorating and now i feel like what a chain isn't the only one who noticed benson is a local fishing guide. He says the area around cuba's harbor is a major thoroughfare for turpin an important game fish for the keys people come from all over the world to catch silver king on fly but benson says in recent years the silt stirred up by cruise ships pushed out the carpet and smothered the seabed

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