VENICE — More than two dozen young and old adults gathered in a bar on the east side of this city earlier this month to plot the course of their year-old effort to fight the ever larger cruise ships arriving here.

In a corner, a slide projector flashed images of many of them sailing small boats, waving “No Grande Navi” flags.

The talk centered on strategies to push back at cruise ships when the mega-ships return in bulk in a few months.

Clearly, concern over cruise ships isn’t limited to Charleston.

But Charleston soon will take center stage in the international debate over how best to balance cruise tourism and preservation concerns in the historic port cities where the ships often call.

Read more in Monday’s Post and Courier.