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Tank Island (Sunset Key) (Florida)

Tank Island (Sunset Key) (Florida)



The United States Navy constructed Tank Island to serve as a fuel tank depot during the Cold War. Dredging began in 1965 to form the island as well as to build passageways for submarines and other large vessels. However, the Navy's plans changed and the island saw little military action. Only two of the twelve planned fuel tanks were constructed, and although the fuel lines were run, the tanks were never filled.

In 1986, the Government sold off Tank Island and other anchorages in Key
West in an auction. In 1988, the tanks were dismantled while the remaining fuel lines served as conduits for water, sewage, and utility.
Power cables were later laid alongside the existing fuel pipes.

In 1994, the island was re-purchased and renamed to Sunset Key. The island is now owned by Tom Walsh, who also owns the Westin Key West
Resort & Marina.

Sunset Key is a 27-acre (110,000 m2) residential neighborhood and resort island in the City of Key West, Florida, United States.
It is located about 500 yards (460 m) off the coast of the island of
Key West. The island is privately held among its residents, one of which is the Key West Westin which operates a small number of guest cottages. The island is only accessible by a shuttle boat that runs from the Westin Marina out to the island.

Its closest neighbor is Wisteria Island, about 200 yards (180 m) north.

Tank Island (Sunset Key) (Florida)
Tank Island (Sunset Key) (Florida)
La marine américaine a construit Tank island pour servir de dépôt de carburant de chars pendant la guerre froide. Les travaux ont commencé en 1965 pour former l'île ainsi que de construire des passages pour sous-marins et autres grands navires. 
Cependant, la marine a d'autres projets et l'île a vu peu d'action militaire. Seuls deux des douze réservoirs de carburant prévus ont été construits, et bien que les conduites de carburant ont été testés, les réservoirs n'ont jamais été remplis.

En 1986, le gouvernement a vendu l'Île-citernes. En 1988, les chars ont été démantelées alors que les lignes de carburant restant ont servi de relais pour l'eau, les égouts, et l'utilité. Les câbles électriques ont ensuite été déposé à côté des tuyaux de carburant existants.

1994, l'île a été racheté et rebaptisé à Sunset Key. L'île est maintenant la propriété de Tom Walsh, qui est également propriétaire de l'hôtel Westin Key West Resort & Marina.

Sunset Key est un ensemble de 27 hectares (110.000 m²) quartier résidentiel et Island
Resort dans la ville de Key West, Floride, États-Unis. Il est situé à environ 500 yards (460 m) au large de la côte de l'île de Key
West. L'île est une société privée parmi ses résidents, dont l'un est le Key West Westin qui exploite un petit nombre de maisons d'hôtes.
L'île n'est accessible que par un bateau navette qui va de la Marina
Westin hors de l'île.

Sa plus proche voisine est l'île Wisteria , à environ 200 yards (180 m) au nord.

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