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Local business joins to support SC cruise industry

Mar 31, 2011 4:09:00 AM - thestate.com
Some South Carolina businesses are announcing a new effort to support the state's growing $37 million cruise industry.

Business leaders and officials from the State Ports Authority release details of the effort Thursday. Officials say more than 220 local businesses have been patronized by cruise passengers in recent months.

South Carolina began its first year-round cruising season in 2010 when the first cruise ship to be based in Charleston arrived.

But the industry has had its critics.

Environmentalists worry that there are not enough rules governing the industry. And residents of one Charleston neighborhood don't like plans for a new cruise terminal near their homes.

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