Proposal to ban hotels withdrawn by Charleston City Council

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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Charleston City Council decided to look deeper into hotel growth on the peninsula and not stop hotels from being built.

Council was originally going to vote on a moratorium that would keep new hotels from coming downtown.

Many council members were opposed to this moratorium.

Mayor Tecklenburg took it off the table and introduced a 90-day resolution that would allow city leaders to study growth, and other aspects, without stopping development.

"Within 90 days we come back to you with any proposed ordinance changes," said Mayor John Tecklenburg.

Many people at the council meeting said, when it comes to hotels in Charleston something needs to be done.

"I'm concerned about how many hotels are coming," said owner of City Center Inn Glenda Nemis.

Nemis shared those concerns with many who spoke out at the Charleston City council meeting.

"There are a lot of things that need to be done that don't involve a moratorium, but involve change of current ordinances and zonings," said Nemis.

"I feel the need for the ordinances to be re-evaluated," said one person during the public portion of the city council meeting.

Many are concerned the amount of hotels on the peninsula is hurting livability, traffic and more.

After council unanimously approved the resolution for the hotel study, council members discussed what the study should entail.

"If we study just hotels, I don't think it will be the right study," said council member Bill Moody.

"I want to make sure everyone realizes what the scope of this is," said council member Mike Seekings.

Nearly every council member weighed in with thoughts on how to find solutions to issues surrounding hotels on the peninsula.

"There are 125,000 people in the City of Charleston, 30,000 on the peninsula," said council member Seekings. "Yet, the city sees about 5.5 million visitors a year."

Seekings discussed a number of variables pertaining to the hotel study, emphasizing the need for council to explore how the city sustains that amount of visitors.

While some came opposed to the moratorium originally planned, many left pleased with the new, 90-day resolution.

"My congratulations to Mayor Tecklenburg," said council member Dean Reigl. "I think he's looking at it from a holistic approach."

"I'm glad that the mayor decided and set that forth," said Nemis.

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