"Generations of cruising sailors have gunkholed the Intracoastal Waterway, enjoying its destinations and pleasures while avoiding the rigors of the ocean and the dangers of an offshore rounding of Cape Hatteras. Many is the race boat that has zipped up or down in a hurry, missing the destinations and pleasures while avoiding the stress of an offshore delivery. But the ICW is not in good shape. Funding cuts, neglect—they're taking a toll on the ICW to such a point that the state of Florida, which has its own program to keep the ICW active and deep, has officials who worry that they'll end up with the only workable portion of the system. "

 (Submitted by Noel Mon Jun 7, 2004 )


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