Will Rockland sink its cash ship?

Posted June 28, 2010, at 2:51 p.m.

A major cruise line is balking at paying the $6 per passenger fee the city of Rockland

wants to charge visiting cruise ships. The fee is a hike from $1 per passenger. The city

argues that the fee off-sets management costs of the harbor and other activities associated

with hosting a large vessel. The cruise line clearly thinks it is being shaken down. Who is

right? Does Rockland risk losing its lucrative, though recent, cruise ship traffic? Or is the

city smart in getting some compensation for hosting the visits?