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Charleston considering moratorium on new downtown hotels

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Charleston leaders are considering a moratorium on new hotels in the downtown area.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reports that city council takes up a proposal Tuesday to ban new hotels on the Charleston peninsula for about a year.

The idea was first proposed by Mayor John Tecklenburg during last year’s mayoral campaign. The proposal suggests too many hotels detract from what makes Charleston unique. In recent years the city has become an international tourist destination.

During the moratorium, the city planning department would study how more hotels might affect the downtown area and whether new zoning restrictions are needed.

The proposal says that almost 5,000 hotel rooms have recently been completed or are under construction while hotels with almost 800 more rooms have already been approved.

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