Billboard highlights Charleston cruise controversy

CHARLESTON, SC (AP) - - A group worried about the effects of South Carolina's expanded cruise industry has put up a billboard along Interstate 26, the main route into Charleston.

The billboard says "Save Charleston. Support Cruise Control." It was put up this week by a group known as the Charleston Coalition for Cruise Control that wants tighter cruise industry controls.

The Carnival Fantasy was moved to Charleston last year, giving the city a year-round cruise industry.

The dispute pitting preservationists and neighborhood groups against the city, the State Ports Authority and Carnival is pending in state court.

Ports Authority spokesman Byron Miller says the sign unfairly paints Charleston as unfriendly to tourists and business. He says the cruise business means dollars and jobs the city can use.

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