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As the Panama Canal prepares to handle larger ships, U.S. ports are looking to get ready for the vessels by dredging and building new shoreline facilities. This has raised a slew of questions regarding economic benefit and environmental cost, which are weighing heavily on many minds. As usual, the development lobby is pitching a long list of gains, while dismissing any concerns. Meanwhile, an array of those who stand to suffer if the developer’s rosy predictions prove specious are lining up to oppose such projects. Al Jazeera America provides coverage of such a situation in Jacksonville, Florida: http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2015/3/9/ports-race-to-accommodate-post-panamax-ships.html

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