Savannah’s City Council is considering a cruise ship terminal in Savannah. One study has been completed, and another, more in-depth study is under debate. See coverage in the Savannah Morning News here.
How will this affect our sites? Are there any potential threats? Or is will this help our economy? Charleston recently added a cruise ship terminal, which prompted the National Trust for Historic Preservation to put Charleston on their first-ever watch list.
More resources for understanding the positive and negative implications of installing a cruise ship terminal can be found on the National Trust’s website:
- Cruise Ships and You: Applying Lessons Learned– great summary of the issues
- The Cruise Industry in Charleston: A Clear Perspective– The Historic Charleston Foundation commissioned an impartial analysis of the positive and negative, short-term and long-term, economic, employment, historical, architectural, and cultural impacts of the cruise industry on Charleston. Published by Miley & Associates in April 2012 and funded in part by the National Trust, pdf version
- Preservation Progress– history of the cruise ship industry in Charleston, by the Preservation Society of Charleston
Data from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA):
- Cruise Ship Discharges
- ReefLink database on Cruises– resources, management options, laws, and a flowchart of effects
- Cruise Ship White Paper 2000
- Cruise Ships in Savannah facebook page
- Don’t Leave Charleston in Your Wake facebook page
- Charleston Cruise Control– C4 (Charleston Communities for Cruise Control) is a group of individuals seeking a balance between the increasing cruise ship activity in downtown Charleston and quality of life for Charleston residents. The site has some data about how other communities regulate the cruise ship industry and effects of cruise ships on Key West and Venice.
- Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association: Cruise Industry Overview 2011