We are sure that you will understand both the logistical impossibility of accommodating all of you on the island, as well as the desire for privacy expressed by the families at this sorrowful time, Costa chief executive Michael Thamm wrote in the letter obtained by The Associated Press.
Sundays commemorations were organized by the Giglio municipal government with Costas support. The rock that pierced the Concordias hull and remained embedded in its steel was returned to the reef, along with a plaque.
The local bishop celebrated a Mass in the islands tiny church where many survivors spent the night, and rescue teams were honored. A memorial in honor of the 32 dead was unveiled and after an evening concert, a minute of silence marked the exact moment, 9:45 p.m., when the Concordia ran aground.
In South Florida, Jesus Jay Garcia planned to spend the day with family occupied by activities to keep his mind off the night he cannot forget. But he also planned to watch a television special about the disaster that forced him and thousands of others to flee for their lives.
Ive been thinking about the kids screaming and everybody screaming and going crazy, he said. Ever since we turned the new year, Ive been thinking about the accident.
His lawyer, Glenn Holzberg, said that Italian partners filed claims against Costa on behalf of Garcia and 21 other clients in Italy this week. Holzberg said he hopes to reach settlements with the cruise operator later this year.
Right now I want to close this chapter, Garcia said. I want to move on with my life.
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