Associated Press
This April 18, 2012, photo shows the Carnival Fantasy in a port at the South Carolina State Ports Authority terminal in Charleston, S.C. For more than two years the debate over cruise ships calling year-round in Charleston has raged with a state Supreme Court case, conflicting economic studies and rhetoric. Preservationists cite the threat to the city's historic character while cruise supporters say the industry is being administered appropriately and provides needed jobs and a boost to the local economy. (AP Photo/Bruce Smith)

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