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Leaders invite opinions for changes that should come to downtown Charleston

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Charleston city leaders are inviting recommendations for changes that should come to the downtown area.

Thursday night's meeting will help leaders update the city's tourism management plan.

It's a follow-up to a meeting in April when a hundreds filled the Charleston Museum to give opinions about restrooms coming to the historic Battery, a need for resident parking downtown, better management of tours and other concerns.

City leaders say they understand those frustrations and, with this meeting, they hope to get closer to findings solutions.

"By the end of this year, we'll want to have the full plan of recommendations to present to city council by the end of this calendar year," said Director of planning Tim Keane. "So after tonight's meeting, our committees will be working with recommendations and then probably early fall, we'll have another series of public meetings to really get into the recommendations."

Keane says although the tourism plan will be revised and brought before council later in the year, committees are already taking action with some of the frustrations.

"Since we've started this process, there was a real concern of about enforcement for instance more tourism regulations," said Keane. "That is, how the tours are enforced, the carriage tours, the bus tours. So we've already gone and we're hiring now full time enforcement officers to put up the street. So, we're not waiting for this process to be finished and we're going to start doing things."

The meeting will start at 6 p.m. At the Charleston Museum. That's located at 360 Meeting Street.

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