University of Miami to Pay $482,000 for Reef Damage
Author: David Fleshler
Source: Sun Sentinel
August 6, 2012
"The University of Miami has agreed to pay $482,000 for damage done to a coral reef when the university's research ship ran aground in Biscayne National Park.
The R/V Walton Smith, a 96-foot catamaran, is the primary research vessel for the university's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. The vessel grounded on a coral reef before dawn on Oct. 13, 2007, remaining on the reef until refloated by a rising tide.
A settlement agreement posted on the web site of the U.S. Department of Justice outlines the terms of the agreement. The agreement says part or all of the payment may be made by the university's insurance company."
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