- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 13, 2016

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) - Researchers have completed an inventory of mid-19th century beacons created to prevent shipwrecks in the Florida Keys.

The Citizen reports (https://bit.ly/29yMcWt ) that most of them once stood 30 feet above water but collapsed long ago into coral reefs.

Marine archaeologists began the survey in 2014 in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.

The reefs off the Keys that support tourism and fisheries were once a menace to the shipping industry. Officials at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration say the Keys sanctuary has more shipwrecks than any other in the country.

One beacon stands near a lighthouse where 21 Cuban migrants landed May 20. Attorneys for the group are appealing a federal judge’s order for their return to Cuba. The judge said the lighthouse didn’t count as U.S. soil under the “wet-food, dry-foot” policy.


Information from: The Key West (Fla.) Citizen, https://www.keysnews.com

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