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      Some worry about growing SC's cruise industry

      As South Carolina's cruise industry expands, some worry more ships and people could hurt the charm of Charleston that draws visitors in the first place.

      CHARLESTON (AP) -- As South Carolina's cruise industry expands, some worry more ships and people could hurt the charm of Charleston that draws visitors in the first place.

      The South Carolina Coastal Conservation League is suggesting officials approve rules to further regulating the industry.

      State Ports Authority spokesman Byron Miller says the agency wants to work with others on a task force to address concerns.

      Miller says cruises are a small but important part of tourism and it's important the business complements Charleston's atmosphere.

      He notes Key West, Fla., a major cruise center, will have more than 400 port calls this year. Charleston will have only 67.

      (Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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