SAVANNAH — A proposal to build a cruise ship terminal with taxpayer money in Savannah appears to have sunk.

The Savannah City Council voted unanimously Thursday to stop further work on studying where and how to build the estimated $70 million cruise ship dock. They city had already spent more than $250,000 studying the idea.

Public opposition to the project has been growing, with critics saying cruise ships would add to pollution and traffic congestion in Georgia’s oldest city.

They feared passengers coming-and-going to the ships wouldn’t deliver a worthwhile boost in tourism dollars.

After hearing from concerned residents at its regular meeting, the council voted against moving forward with the next phase of the study, which was expected to cost an additional $82,000.