Expansion work on US 1 in the Keys is obliterating the reason for going there.
In addition to being a likely contributor to the algae tide choking swaths of Florida Bay, the work on an 18-mile stretch of the road will pave over the only two free, easily accessible public boat ramps between Florida City and Key Largo.
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Favorite entrance spots for backcountry paddles among calm, shallow waters and mangrove-lined creeks, the put-in spots - at mile markers 113 and 111 - will soon become pieces of asphalt for vacationers to speed over on their way to Key West. -Rob Jordan