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  • bern
    May 07, 2013 - 21:35

    does o'keefe really believe that the tax payers are nieve enough to believe the cheap propaganda that he portrays re- the economic benefits that a few cruise ships visiting our humble port receives

  • Luke Callanan
    May 07, 2013 - 14:52

    Here are a couple of studies that claim cruise-ships are not so good to port-of-call cities: Victoria, BC - Conclusion: "...cruise ship tourism in Victoria, British Columbia, has a zero or negative net socio-economic impact... Estimated economic benefits amount to at most $24 M, while estimated costs are at least $28 M. http://www.jbna.org/2011_cruise_ships_synopsis_april.pdf And according to this ABC article, we have an expert on such matters in our midst! Sociologist Ross Klein, professor at Memorial University. http://abcnews.go.com/Business/cruise-ship-terminals-port-cities-battle-costs-benefits/story?id=18550493#.UYlMK6JwrFk

  • Political Watcher
    May 07, 2013 - 13:41

    Doc, are you sure they can come in port as the new "security" fence is not erected? Cruise visits are the biggest red-herring of them all: they do not generate the economic benefits that Doc lovs to speak of. The only benefit is that Doc get to make several vitis to the sunny south during the heights of our winters

  • Jay
    May 07, 2013 - 13:22

    Doc is in his glory now waiting for all of the cruisers to buy their cheap little trinkets. I really wish somebody would complete a fact-based, accurate cost-benefit analysis of this industry

  • Brian
    May 07, 2013 - 12:41

    Good for Doc. This is a significant announcement for the taxpayers . I guess that our taxes will be reduced because of the revenue realized from the cruise ship season . I don't believe that the ships bring much business to the city but the city people get their trips to the cruise ship conventions . Doc was/is really good at attending them.

  • david
    May 07, 2013 - 12:40

    Cruise season...aka, the big, splashy economic lie. Everyone get out and enjoy the "free" show...it's not cheap!