Larger cruise ships pose problem for Tampa Port - WJBF-TV ABC 6 Augusta-Aiken News, Weather, Sports

Larger cruise ships pose problem for Tampa Port

Posted: Updated:
Some of the new larger cruise ships have a difficult time passing under the Skyway Bridge. Some of the new larger cruise ships have a difficult time passing under the Skyway Bridge.
TAMPA, FL (WFLA) - The Florida Department of Transportation is studying whether Port Tampa Bay's cruise ship business could go from thriving to shriveling without a plan to get the newest and largest of these floating cities past the height limitations of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge.

The Tampa Tribune reports that a draft study examines four options: do nothing, replace the Skyway, build a cruise ship terminal near the Hillsborough-Pinellas county line in Tampa Bay to avoid the bridge, or build a drawbridge at one end of the Skyway with a new channel for the giant ships.

Don’t miss out on the day’s top Facebook conversations http://on.fb.me/18y81Cl

Officials say the decision will likely be based on return on investment.

Pinellas and Manatee counties are possible sites for a new port and cruise facility, at a cost of more than $600 million.

  • Don't Miss ItMore>>

  • VIDEO: Sea turtles hatch in the Keys

    VIDEO: Sea turtles hatch in the Keys

    Monday, July 28 2014 8:09 AM EDT2014-07-28 12:09:17 GMT
    Look at them go - these tiny sea turtles hatched in the Keys this weekend.
    Look at them go - these tiny sea turtles hatched in the Keys this weekend.
  • Comic-Con gets first look at 'Mockingjay' trailer

    Comic-Con gets first look at 'Mockingjay' trailer

    Monday, July 28 2014 6:49 AM EDT2014-07-28 10:49:42 GMT
    The trailer for the next film in the popular "Hunger Games" series is making its premiere at Comic-Con.
    The trailer for the next film in the popular "Hunger Games" series is making its premiere at Comic-Con.
  • Lakeland man spray-paints garage door with message for thief

    Lakeland man spray-paints garage door with message for thief

    Saturday, July 26 2014 9:53 AM EDT2014-07-26 13:53:51 GMT
    Jerry Ashley's message spray-painted on his garage door.Jerry Ashley's message spray-painted on his garage door.
    A Lakeland man, grieving his wife’s passing, has spray-painted his garage door with a message for the thief who stole his late wife’s laptop filled with sentimental photos.
    A Lakeland man, grieving his wife’s passing, has spray-painted his garage door with a message for the thief who stole his late wife’s laptop filled with sentimental photos.
  • Most Viewed Stories on WFLA.com

  • Sign up for WFLA News Channel 8 Email Alerts

    * denotes required fields






    Thank you for signing up! You will receive a confirmation email shortly.
Powered by WorldNow

1336 Augusta West Parkway
Augusta, GA 30909

Telephone: 706.722.6664
Email: talkback6@wjbf.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.