Charleston hiring new tourism agents

Published: Jun. 23, 2014 at 8:11 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 23, 2014 at 10:28 PM EDT
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The City of Charleston is spending $100,000 to hire three new agents who will start in the next couple months.

They will replace the police officers who handle tourism enforcement now. Residents have complained to the city that large coaches have been driving down small streets south of Broad Street and bike taxis have been giving tours without a license.

Charleston's planning director says tour companies are actually in favor of the extra enforcement.

"The carriage companies and bus companies are embracing this, too," Tim Keane said. "They want enforcement and everyone to follow the same rules. Once it gets into a situation when a few of them are not, it's not good for them either."
JoAnne Saylor has been a tour guide for the city for more than 20 years and agreed that the agents were a good idea because many of the complaints against the tour companies come from residents who don't fully understand the rules.

The agents will have to be trained to know the city's long list of tourism ordinances.

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