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There is a redundant eye-scalding Florida Keys blackboard jungle financial SNAFUS and hurricane evacuation schecule (aka let’s pave over more of the Keys) propaganda post today at goodmorningfloridakeys.com.
‘Silver Lining’ movie debuts Sunday
Film depicts balance between nature, cruise ships
far more graphically depiction, which I googled several years ago and have repeatedly tried to get The Key West Citizen, the Keynoter and Key West the Newspaper to show to their readers
BY TIMOTHY O’HARA Citizen Staff
Thousands of migrating tarpon are currently making their way to the Florida Keys and will join hundreds of resident tarpon when they finally arrive here in late April and early May.
Flats guides fear that a proposed plan to dredge Key West’s main shipping channel to accommodate larger cruise ships would keep migrating tarpon away and chase out resident tarpon.
Those fishery concerns and the cruise ship industry’s impact on Key West are the subject of a short documentary film by Lower Keys guide Capt. Will Benson.
The film, “Silver Lining,” and a series of other fly fishing films will be shown Sunday night at the Tropic Cinema, 416 Eaton St. in Key West.
Benson grew up on the waters of the Lower Keys and is now a for-hire flats guide who lives in Sugarloaf Key.
The film juxtaposes images of the tranquility and pleasure of fly fishing the flats for tarpon with lumbering cruise ships making their way through the shipping channel stirring up sediment — which is carried to the nearby reef and seagrass flats.
The film also subtly depicts the impacts of cruise ships on the culture of Key West, showing Duval Street shop windows lined with not-so-appropriate T-shirts and massive crowds bustling down Lower Duval Street.
The roughly 20-minute film narrative revolves around the theme that a healthy ocean, reef and flats equals a vibrant fishery and economy.
“We’re connected to the ocean,” Benson says in the opening monologue.
“It’s in our hearts, part of our soul and all around us. I think about it all of the time — what an amazing convergence of special places, events and feelings that define the sport of tarpon fishing.
“Every spring, thousands of fish arrive on ocean currents and show up in quiet basins at first light.”
It’s the second film Benson has completed in recent years that goes beyond the standard action-fishing movie.
Two years ago, he debuted a film at the Tropic Cinema documenting the plight of the permit fish and the need for its conservation.
“It has a message,” Benson told The Citizen of his latest film on tarpon fly fishing. “I wanted to make something more substantial than a fishing adventure piece. I want people to understand how it (the cruise ship industry) relates to our fishery and our natural resource.”
“Silver Lining” debuts as Key West residents and elected officials are debating widening the main shipping channel and bringing in larger cruise ships. Supporters of the dredge argue that cruise ships help prop up the local economy and disembarkation fees offset local property taxes. The channel must be widened or cruise companies may stop calling on Key West, they say.
One can only hope.
Opponents contend it would destroy thousands of coral colonies, impact fishing and is not necessary, as cruise companies need Key West more than the city needs cruise ships.
Benson is not totally opposed to cruise ships coming.
Well, he should be. Maybe someone will show him the channel rape photo.
“There is room for cruise ships, but maybe we should be focusing on smaller ships,” Benson said. “Maybe we are going too far.”
Yeah, the kind of cruise ships kids can float in a bathtub.
In 2012, 327 cruise ships carrying 813,713 passengers called on Key West, and $3.6 million was collected in disembarkation fees, according to city spokeswoman Alyson Crean. This year, the city expects 297 ships carrying 700,911 passengers.
The movies of the Fly Fishing Film Tour will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Tropic Cinema, 416 Eaton St. Proceeds from Sunday’s ticket sales will go to the fishing conservation group Bonefish Tarpon Trust.
I emailed Tim O’Hara:
ongoing channel dredging photo
Yet another attempt by me to try to get The Key West Citizen to publish that pic.
I also sent the pic to Naja Giarad, President of Last Stand, and co-owner, with her husband Naja, of the new version of Key West the Newspaper, which will only be online, soon to be up and running . Maybe Last Stand will get the pic blown up and take it to a City Commission and get it on public television. Maybe Key West the Newspaper will feature the pic in a channel dredging article.
I suppose I would faint if The Key West Citizen showed the pic to the public. Among the luminous casualties filling the Emergency Room at Lower Keys Community Hospital to overflowing would be the Duval Street merchants, including Key West City Commissioner Mark Rossi, who owns pubs and a strip joint on Lower Duval Street, and City Commissioner Jimmy Weekley, who’s family owns grocery store, Faustos, on Fleming Street, about a block off of Lower Duval Street; Ed Swift’s Historic Tours of America, and its employees, whose conch trains and trolleys make gobs of money off of cruise ship passengers; and Ed’s competitor, CityView Trolleys; and the entire Key West Chamber of Commerce Church congregation.
Maybe Craig Cates maed it crystal clear he favors channel deepening and widening, when he voted in favor of a channel-widening study, to see if it was feasible.
Here’s a way Key West could come out ahead after banning all cruise ships.
Convert the upper half of Smathers Beach to clothing-optional. News of that unveiling would would bring hordes of nude beach lovers, and ogglers, to Key West, and it wouldn’t cost the city a penny. Those new kind of tourists would stay in Key West hotels, motels, lodges, guesthouses; they would eat in Key West restaurants; they would drink in Key West bars; they would shop in Key West merchants’ stores; they would patronize Key West watersport business, flats fishing, offshore fishing, diving, parasailing, sailing, jet skiing; etc. The Tourist Development Council would not have to spend a penny advertising a clothing optional beach. News of it would spread like wildfire online.
But I repeat myself, repeap myself, repeat myself …