My first question in reading Mr Crabtree's demand that "Charleston needs to learn to love the cruise industry" was why?
Charleston has been lauded recently as "the city" to visit in the news by heavy hitters such as the Huffington Post and the NYTimes and has been given numerous awards over the years for our city's appeal not only as a place to call home but as a tourism and wedding destination.
They write about the city and it's carefully preserved historical past; they write about the Chefs drawn here to open restaurants which consistently win national awards for excellence; they write about our natural resources, our beaches rivers and parks.
They do not mention Charleston as a cruise destination.
As for your "take" on the CCL "special interests" I think he should include himself in that group because a report by the Port of Brooklyn cited that by implementing shore power for the three Carnival ships calling in their city would save residents $9 million in health costs per year.
All three ships are " high ends" owned by Carnival, including the QE2.
Carnival's Fantasy, the 'flag ship' of Charleston has an 'F' grade due to it's lack of modern sewage control systems and other deficencies including its' inability to hook up to shore power.
Shore power is a non starter for the SPA:
"The cost is astronomical for the relatively small environmental benefit...the environmental and economic math do not work." SPA's Bryan Milller.
I guess when you've been playing the numbers/percentages game for years it just comes naturally.
There isn't any documentation for it's implementation in the building plans of it's $35 M terminal discovery documents for the recent lawsuit, however there are documents from the shore power industry to the SPA, no follow up there.
Since the SPA has steadfastly refused to accept the CCL's offer to drop their lawsuit if the SPA implemented shore power and capped the number of ships and their size, one has to wonder if this relates to some contract the SPA has with Carnival that guarantees they will not have to upgrade their ships to that level of pollution control.
Or is it just their autocratic style they have been allowed to adopt?
Or perhaps the SPA is afraid we would demand the extension of shore power to all ships that call on Charleston, heed what the Mayor of Long Beach has had to say in support of "wiring up" the tankers that call on theirs the largest port in America:
“We’re not going to have kids in Long Beach contract asthma so someone in Kansas can get a cheaper television set,” said Bob Foster, the mayor of Long Beach.
Wouldnt it be nice if Mayor Riley felt the same way about our children?
Your raising the spectre of " special interests" is just plain hogwash and a red herring to boot. Furthermore I suggest that if you have been on 32 cruises you are a discerning passenger; the complaints you cite for " the maze of barricades" etc.. and the ease of leaving out of your home port is not the reason for your reluctance, but rather the distaste for the Fantasy-such a careworn ship would never appeal to you or your family.
here is another lesson in the GOP's continuing problem with short term memory loss or forgetting their Sunday school lessons:"Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye." Matthew 7:5 ( King James version)
"Last week, S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson joined 12 of his fellow Republican state attorneys general on Capitol Hill to warn Congress about what they say are insufficient privacy and security safeguards in the enrollment process of the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare." http://www.free-times.com
This from a state that allowed the breaching and the selling of the privacy of all of it's citizens only last year? Out spot!
While I applaud the tremendous effort of behalf of the Preservation Society I must disagree with the title of this piece, Mother Nature had a whole lot of help from Mother Neglect.
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