DeSantis Must Make a Crucial Choice Regarding Cruise Ships in Key West

Residents of Key West, Florida, have been working to restrict the size and number of vacation vessels on the small island since the early days of the coronavirus pandemic

when cruise ships full of sick passengers were barred from entering American ports.

They have used the momentum generated by the pandemic to argue for ongoing restrictions on cruise ships.

After crowding City Commission meetings, staging protests on the dock, gathering signatures

and gaining passage of three ballot measures in 2020 that imposed stricter controls to protect the marine environment and limited passenger numbers to 1,500 per day

activists saw that the new restrictions were voided the following year by the state Legislature with Governor Ron DeSantis' approval.

Now, the affluent hotelier running Key West's cruise ship port is going all in, requesting approval from the state to grow, allowing larger

DeSantis, whose campaign has received over $1 million in donations from the pier's owner

The group that spearheaded the effort to prevent big cruise ships from visiting Key West

Citing state records, it filed a whistleblower action against Pier B Development Corp., the local port owner

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