Venice is going to begin routing cruise ships away from the historic center of the city. Residents of the city worry about the longevity of many of the cities aging structures and the local environment.
Officials want to reroute about 66% of ships by 2020. Both residence and officials are worried particularly worried about the biggest ships.
There are concerns over the simple fact that these ships bring an unreasonable amount of people into the city during tourist season which raises some safety concerns. Additionally, the wake created by the ships are eroding some shoreline structures of the sinking city, eroding the foundations of the buildings which are hundreds of years old. Not only that, but a cruise ship crashed into a dock this June.
This isn’t the only step Venice has taken recently to curb over tourism. It recently instituted an $11 day-trip fee for all tourists not staying over night.