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Italian islanders worry about their future
Residents getting concerned over length of time for removal of grounded cruise ship
By The Associated Press

GIGLIO, Italy (AP) ' Residents of this Italian island are increasingly worried about threats to the environment and their future as bad weather again delayed the recovery of the massive cruise ship grounded in the area.

Authorities set off another blast in an underwater compartment but held off on removing 500,000 gallons of fuel from the Costa Concordia because of rough seas. The search for 16 people still missing from the Jan. 13 disaster remains suspended.

Meanwhile, a special company is trying to collect wreckage from the ship dispersed in the surrounding waters, which are prime fishing grounds and part of a protected area for dolphins and whales.

Giglio residents were told it could take 10 months to remove the ship, and are planning an island-wide meeting Monday to discuss protecting their interests.

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