The Charleston City Council will continue talks on expanding the cruise industry in Charleston. The ongoing debate continues today as city council will consider an ordinance that calls for an agreement between the State Ports Authority and the city of Charleston for public notification on any expansions on the cruise business. The city’s mayor, Joe Riley, says the SPA agreed previously that it would not accept more than 104 cruise calls–without contacting the city. However, Riley does not expect there to be more than the limit of ships in Charleston. This past year, there were 89 ships at the port.
Some opponents of the cruise industry being in Charleston say the ordinance “has no teeth.” And there is an ongoing lawsuit between city groups and residents versus Carnival Cruise Lines. Environmental groups and residents say the cruises violate city ordinances and pollute the environment and historical assets.