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Sapphire Princess cruise ship drops anchor for the day off the coast of Santa Barbara, CA Dec. 19, 2010

Paul Wellman

Sapphire Princess cruise ship drops anchor for the day off the coast of Santa Barbara, CA Dec. 19, 2010


Study Examines Cruise Ship Economic Impact


Wednesday, January 29, 2014
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The 21 cruise ships that carried 50,000 passengers into Santa Barbara in 2013 had a $2.4 million economic impact ​— ​$280,000 went directly to the city in the form of taxes and fees ​— ​based on a survey recently completed by Visit Santa Barbara. The study found that restaurants and shops benefited the most, collecting 30.5 percent and 29.2 percent of the $2.4 million, respectively. Many passengers arrived during “non-peak travel seasons,” and of those surveyed, 41 percent are expected to return to Santa Barbara in the next two years.

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I hope some of that tax money is going to monitor the ships for dumping near our coastline, and as long as that is happening I say go ahead and send more ships.

loonpt (anonymous profile)
January 29, 2014 at 3:37 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Cruise ships follow strict environmental regulations. EPA dogs them like crazy, just so you don't have to. Loonpt, you need to find some other toxic waste fantasies. And call off your Channel Keepers goon squad while you are at it.

Harassing cruise ships which bring in a reasonable source of badly needed city revenue is not a good thing to do. After all, you are the same ones who voted for the city councils that ran up the current half-billion dollars in unfunded liabilities, so welcome them with a smile. You wanted them to come. Make it work for them when they do.

foofighter (anonymous profile)
January 29, 2014 at 5:38 p.m. (Suggest removal)

right on, foo!

JohnLocke (anonymous profile)
January 29, 2014 at 6:50 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Tourism is what SB does. It's a relatively clean industry. 50,000 visitors that didn't come by car. I like it!

Ryansbca (anonymous profile)
January 29, 2014 at 9:52 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Relatively clean industry is NOT ENOUGH. Keep looking at the environmental impact on your ocean waters, and the direct impact on the community. Stop pulling the wool over your eyes and wake up to reality. We are a quiet clean guarded community that works hard to keep it that way. Having mega cruise ships here is NOT THE ANSWER.

suzyque (anonymous profile)
May 12, 2014 at 8:19 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Well suzyque, what is THE ANSWER.

Past city councils left this city $400 million in the red over-promising city employee pensions, and under-funding city infrastructure maintenance.

Where are you going to generate additional city revenues? Looking forward to hearing your specifics, which can include reducing city expenses.

Fire away.

foofighter (anonymous profile)
May 13, 2014 at 8:26 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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