U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford's town hall meeting today regarding the state tax break pegged to bringing in Bass Pro Shops to North Charleston has been canceled.

Sanford's office said he has been battling the flu.

The meeting was to be at the Charleston County Public Library on Calhoun Street beginning at 3:30 p.m.

Sanford philosophically opposes the tax break as giving the large chain retailer an unfair competitive advantage over local small business.

The break allows the chain to essentially keep half the sale tax revenue it generates, for 15 years. The business would have to meet certain conditions, including a $25 million investment, and it must draw at least 35 percent of the store's visitors from at least 50 miles away.

The 130,000- to 150,000-square-foot store, featuring an Uncle Buck's Fishbowl and Grill, will be built in the more than 1,500-acre Ingleside Plantation development that's planned between Interstate 26 and Palmetto Commerce Parkway, near U.S. Highway 78. Construction is set to begin next year.