Charleston delays vote on hotel rules

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) – Charleston has again put off consideration of zoning changes applying to new hotels serving the tourism industry that attracts millions of visitors a year.

News outlets report that a proposed ordinance preventing hotels from displacing residential, retail and office buildings on the Charleston peninsula was supposed to come up at Tuesday’s city council meeting.

The matter was postponed after several people attending the meeting urged the council to reflect on the changes. It’s the third time a vote on the ordinance has been delayed.

Earlier this year the city conducted a three-month study on the impact of hotels on the city. Several hundred new hotel rooms were added when four new hotels opened downtown area last year. Several additional hotels are under construction.

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