City seeks public input on Tourism Management Plan tonight

City seeks public input on Tourism Management Plan tonight
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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The City of Charleston will present its recommendations tonight for the city's Tourism Management Plan, which was last updated in 1988.

Officials began the process in January 2014, and Mayor Joe Riley appointed a 27-member advisory committee to work with the Department of Planning, Preservation & Sustainability.

In a public meeting last June, residents expressed their concerns and frustration over enforcement of existing tourism ordinances and the city's traffic.

Some people who live downtown say they appreciate that Charleston is a top destination for vacationers, but they fear livability has taken a back seat to tourism.

The president and CEO of the Historic Charleston Foundation, Kitty Robinson, was selected to chair the Tourism Advisory Committee. She says the suggestions are comprehensive and focus on transportation, special events and general quality of life.

"It is time to re look at the management of the city and how residents live here and how visitors come here. We want to keep that delicate balance that keeps our community not only safe but desirable for those who live here."

The Tourism Management Plan will go before the Planning Commission and City Council in the spring.

The meeting is tonight at 5:30 at the Charleston Museum on Meeting Street.