On Tuesday, as the nation went to vote in the presidential election, residents of Key West had an additional decision to make. On the ballot was a trio of measures that would severely restrict cruising to the island. The measures passed.
USAToday.com reports that the passage of the ballot measures means that most large cruise ships will not be permitted to call on Key West and the number of cruise passengers permitted to disembark onto the island daily will be significantly limited.
One measure, that passed with a 63% approval rate, will prevent cruise ships from calling on the island if the ships have a capacity of over 1,300 passengers. Another measure, that passed with a 61% approval rate, will limit the total number of passengers who can disembark from cruise ships to just 1,500 per day.
A third ballot measure, that passed with an 81% approval rate, will give priority disembarkation to those arriving on cruise ships with superior environmental and health records.
According to USA TODAY, Key West City Clerk Cheri Smith indicated that the approved initiatives go into effect immediately.
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