- Associated Press - Saturday, September 19, 2015

MIAMI (AP) - A $205 million dredging project has been completed at PortMiami, though questions linger over the environmental costs.

The port channel is now 52 feet deep, allowing massive ships sailing through an expanded Panama Canal to bring cargo to Miami. Gov. Rick Scott says the expansion could bring about $7 billion to the region.

According to The Miami Herald (http://hrld.us/1gAEv4U ), Scott said Friday that the state would work with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to make address damage caused to coral in the channel and reefs off Miami Beach.

State and federal regulators found that the corps and its contractor caused more damage than expected.

Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez says the area will be monitored for damage for five years.

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Information from: The Miami Herald, http://www.herald.com

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