Fort DeSoto mega-cruise ship port buzz decried by environmental group

07/14/14 Janelle Irwin
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Tags: environment, mega ship, cruise ship, Sunshine Skyway, Fort DeSoto, birds, Egmont Key, Port Tampa Bay


One idea being batted around to make way for mega-ships is replacing the Skyway with an even taller bridge.

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Some Tampa Bay officials want to figure out how to accommodate monstrous new mega-ships too big to call Port Tampa Bay home. But making that happen would be both costly and environmentally controversial. The latest idea being batted around is building a port near the coast of Fort DeSoto. But that idea is opposed by Barbara Howard, president of Friends of Tampa Bay National Wildlife Refuges.

Another $2 billion possibility is to replace the already massive Sunshine Skyway Bridge with an even taller one. Howard said she didn’t know what impact that would have on marine life and habitats.

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