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Key West, Florida

Key West is the southernmost city in the continental United States and encompasses the island of Key West, Sigsbee Park, Fleming Key, Sunset Key, and part of Stock Island. Both Fleming Key and Sigsbee Park are part of the United States Naval Station and are inaccessible to civilians. Key West has been occupied since the 16th century, when it was a fishing and salvage village in Spanish territory. The area was considered the “Gibraltar of the West” due to its strategic location on a 90-mile wide, deep shipping lane called the Straits of Florida. The Straits lie between the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, approximately 90 miles from Cuba.

Key West underwent major development and growth in the late 19th century and by 1889, it was the largest and wealthiest city in Florida. The community became connected to Florida mainland in 1912 via an extension of the Florida East Coast Railway. Later, after a hurricane destroyed the railway, the U.S. government reconstructed the rail route as an automobile highway. Due to Key West’s island location surrounded by miles of ocean, fresh water was always hard to come by. Pumping and distilling plants, such as the Key West Desalting Plant, were established however they could not meet the demand of the area. In 1941, construction of a 128-mile pipeline made out of 18-inch pipe finally commenced. The Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority played a major role in fresh water distribution, and maintains this role today as sole provider of potable water for all Florida Keys residents. Today, the largest employer in Key West is the U.S. Armed Services, which includes civilian support and contractors.

Key West’s extensive navy background combined with its construction industry places the city in a high risk category for asbestos exposure. Mesothelioma attorneys may be able to assist you if you or a loved one were exposed to asbestos in Key West, Florida.

Asbestos Exposure at Jobsites in Key West

The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance has compiled information obtained from a number of sources to identify the following jobsites in Key West where asbestos exposure was known to have occurred. These sites are listed below.

  • City Electric Service
  • Erie City Iron Works
  • Fleet Maintenance Hanger
  • Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority
  • Key West Desalting Plant
  • Key West Naval Shipyard
  • Key West Power Plant
  • Keys Energy Services
  • Keywest Barracks
  • Pumping and Distilling Plant
  • United States Naval Station

Filing an Asbestos Lawsuit in Key West, Florida

Don’t lose your rights! If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma and were exposed to asbestos in Florida, you may be entitled to compensation. You may have limited time to file a claim. If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma and have a pathology report in hand to support that diagnosis, you are eligible for financial assistance.

Asbestos Related News in Florida

Florida DEP Cites Maverick Company For Possible Asbestos Violations

Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) has cited Maverick Demolition Company for asbestos violations related to the John Sunday House.

10,000 Feet Of Collier Water Utility Asbestos Piping To Be Replaced

10,000 feet of piping containing asbestos will be replaced by 2017 as part of a $1.4 million Collier County Water project.

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