Charleston risks historic status over cruise tourism

| 17/05/2011

(AP): The National Trust for Historic Preservation expects to announce on June 15 whether to include Charleston on its list of the nation's 11 most endangered historic places. Trust president Stephanie Meeks wrote Mayor Joseph P. Riley Jr. recently that the size and number of liners "threaten the very character of this historic place." But the mayor fired back, saying it would be outrageous to add Charleston. The city is honoured for its historic preservation efforts and crafted the nation's first tourism management plan. "It would harm our city, its residents and it would not be based on truth," Riley wrote.

As the cruise industry grows, and as plans for a new $25-million state cruise terminal move forward, some opponents view the ships as bringing an endless stream of tourists, traffic and pollution.

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