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Larger cruise ships pose problem for Tampa Port

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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.

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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.

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