10.26.2010

The Keys::Day 4::Homeward Bound

I know that my last post said The End. Well, obviously I am not to be trusted. It was not THE end...it was only the end of Day 3.

Off to day 4. We got up fairly early, as I recall, and started the long trip. The day was sunny, and I snapped pictures from the car going up the Keys.


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The following article is talking about the bridge in the next photo:
Fifteen Cubans who fled their homeland and landed on an abandoned bridge piling in the Florida Keys were returned to their homeland Monday after U.S. officials concluded that the structure did not constitute dry land.
Under the U.S. government's "wet-foot, dry-foot" policy, Cubans who reach dry land in the United States are usually allowed to remain in the country, while those caught at sea are sent back.
The Cubans ? including a 2-year-old boy and a 13-year-old boy ? were sent back around midday, said a Coast Guard spokesman, Officer Dana Warr. They were rescued last week and were held aboard a Coast Guard cutter while they awaited a final decision on their status.
The case presented U.S. officials with an intriguing legal question.
The Cubans thought they were safe Wednesday when they reached the Old Seven Mile Bridge. But the historic bridge, which runs side by side with a newer bridge, is missing several chunks, and the Cubans had the misfortune of reaching pilings from a section that no longer touches land.
The federal government said that means the group never actually reached U.S. territory, and could be sent home.
An attorney for relatives of the Cubans filed an emergency request Monday asking the government to review the question of whether the bridge constitutes dry land. But the attorney apparently was unable to keep the Cubans from being sent back.

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We were behind this awesome old rusty, VW van. Tail light out and all. So I was able to grab a couple of pictures. Even of the driver. So Key West.


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