Charleston businesses support cruise industry

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Charleston area businesses have formed a council to support South Carolina’s growing cruise industry even as some groups question State Ports Authority plans for a new cruise terminal.

The Historic Charleston Foundation announced Thursday it hired a consultant to assess how best to balance quality of life and the cruise business in Charleston.

Ports Authority President and CEO Jim Newsome says most people favor the $37 million industry that means jobs and money for the economy. He says the agency is moving ahead with plans to open a cruise terminal next year.

John Hassell is the president of the Maritime Association of South Carolina and a member of the new Cruise Business Council. He says cruises are important and businesses are ready to fight for it if necessary.
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