KEY WEST, Fla. — The owner of a tiny Bahamian island agreed today to take 3,100 tons of unwanted New York garbage as landfill, but the Bahamian government immediately vetoed the plan.
The plan by Tony Gallina, who would like to build a resort for the rich and famous on the island, could have ended the six-week odyssey of the garbage scow that has journeyed from New York to Central America in search of a home.
"I'm ready to close the deal right now," Gallina said earlier today. "It's a great situation. Here we have 3,100 tons of certified nontoxic garbage floating 250 miles from an island I want to fill."
But Bahamian government officials in the capital of Nassau quickly announced that they would not let the barge unload its cargo. They alerted defense, police, customs and immigration to watch for any such possibility.