Key West Votes to limit cruise ships from visiting

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Key West Votes to limit cruise ships from visiting

Yesterday Key West voters approved three referendums to limit cruise ship traffic on the island. Those three referendums were:

  • Limit the number of daily cruise ship visitors to 1,500.
  • Prohibit cruise ships with 1,300 passengers or more from docking.
  • Give docking priority to cruise lines that have the best health and environmental records.

All three passed with over 60% of the vote. The referendums are binding, meaning they will change the city’s charter. However, a legal battle is already in play.

Pier B Development, which operates one of the three ports in Key West, has sued the city and the Committee for Safer, Cleaner Ships. The lawsuit began back in July. Pier B wanted the questions to be removed from the ballot but it’s claims we’re denied. A trial date will be set sometime after the election.

For now, cruise lines will be limited in Key West. Stay tuned for more information.


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