Historic group to study Charleston cruise industry

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - A historic preservation group in Charleston wants to take a hard look at how the growing cruise ship business could affect the coastal city.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reports Thursday that the Historic Charleston Foundation plans to pay a consultant to analyze the impact of cruise ship traffic in 2010 and 2011 on the area's environment, economy and residential life.

The group also wants to gauge effects from the industry's growth.

In February, the Ports Authority unveiled plans to renovate an existing building for a new terminal and develop 63 acres along the waterfront for more public water access.

Charleston became a year-round home port for Carnival Cruises in 2010.

Information from: The Post and Courier, http://www.postandcourier.com

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