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Could cruises be Charleston's jackpot?

Mar 25, 2010 11:13:00 AM - thestate.com
Gambling boat cruises are getting another look in North Charleston.

With the economy in the doldrums, Mayor Keith Summey said Wednesday he hopes to have a report within the next 60 days on the financial pros and cons of allowing such cruises.

"It's re-intensified because of revenue," Summey said. In the current financial climate, the city has to look "at every opportunity," he said.

North Charleston has considered gambling cruises before but relied mainly on information provided by tour boat operators. This time, Summey has city staff studying data obtained from governments where gambling boats already are established in the region, including Little River, north of Myrtle Beach, and Brunswick, Ga.

Allowing the tours would not be much different than the cruise ships that currently dock in downtown Charleston, Summey said, because they open their gambling rooms after leaving state waters. A North Charleston docking site hasn't been set, but access to the Cooper River has greatly improved in recent times.

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