In an 8-3 vote, Charleston City Council approved a proposal that would allow the public to weigh in on how many cruises are allowed to port in Charleston a year.
City Council voted in favor of Charleston Mayor Joe Riley’s proposal that calls for a public hearing process in the ongoing debate over cruise ships into the city. The proposal says if the State Ports Authority is willing to accept more than 104 ships per year at the port, then the public would weigh in on the process. However, critics told the Charleston Post and Courier Riley’s proposal just doesn’t go far enough, suggesting council defer the ordinance.
Some of those critics said passing a Historic Charleston Foundation’s ordinance that puts stricter limits on the cruises could possibly end a civil lawsuit brought on by citizens and preservation and environmental groups.