The National Trust of Historic Preservation revealed the “America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Place” in june 2011. Charleston in South Carolina is placed in the watch status by the National Trust of Historic Preservation. The national trust predicts discrete threats to historic places in Charleston and its neighborhood due to proliferating cruise ship tourism. The neighborhood groups also condemned and sued the city for its expanding cruise industry running in conflict with the local zoning ordinance. The national trust presumes that restrictions forced on size, frequency and number of ships will aid in fixing the issue. The national trust wants to collaborate with the city by assisting in a tourism impact study, understanding the dispute of power and supremacy in setting limits on cruise tourism and by establishing a community forum on cruise tourism issues.
However, Charleston Mayor Riley Joe is thrown off balance by the law suit and the offers by the national trust. As indicated by Reiley the “city’s annual cruise passengers stand for less than 4% of the 4.4 million visitors who visit each year. The voluntary consensus limiting calls to one ship at a time and no greater than 2,500 passengers per ship reduce any negative impacts on the town”. Moreover with the perils of lack of preservation funding across the country will the National Trust of Historic Preservation truly help the Charleston city by placing it in “watch” status?