Published: Oct 02, 2013 4:58 PM EDT

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) - Key West voters overwhelmingly rejected the idea of spending several million dollars on a study to determine the feasibility of widening the city's main shipping channel to accommodate modern, larger cruise ships.
    
On Tuesday, 4,531 residents voted against a $3 million study that would have been performed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Only 1,630 were for the study.
    
The Key West Chamber of Commerce, which supported the study, had emphasized that the study would not commit the city to the projected $35 million dredging. A chamber spokeswoman told The Miami Herald (http://goo.gl/kO4oxq ) that the referendum is binding only on the current Key West City Commission and won't go away with the election results.
    
A spokesman for the anti-dredging Key West Committee for Responsible Tourism said his next step is to keep up the pressure.

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