It appeared for a while that Venice was going to ban huge cruise ships from sailing down the Grand Canal. The wake of those ships isn’t doing the delicate underpinnings of Venice’s homes any favors. Then the rule got postponed, and now the government is requesting a study to find whether perhaps another canal might a better route. I say a study is the political way of tabling the motion, and that all large ships should be kept out of the lagoon.
In New York City, the days of taking aflightseeing helicopter around Manhattan may be coming to an end if one senator gets his way.
Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey joined local officials from both sides of the Hudson River to call for a ban on tourist helicopter flights due to concerns over excessive noise and public safety. A sightseeing helicopter and a small aircraft collided in 2009, killing nine people.
Another crash in 2011 killed an Australian tourist.
For some places, such as Venice, tourism is their lifeblood. It’s imperative they protect the goose that’s laying the golden eggs.