The ban on huge cruise ships in the Venetian lagoon, ordered by the Italian government in January has been suspended by a regional court in the Veneto—Venice's region—on grounds that there aren't any reasonable alternatives. The ban was based on environmental damage to the fragile city and lagoon caused by the big ships. The case will be reconsidered in June.
Local divisions over the issue continue: among those asking the court to lift the ban were Venice's port authority, but the Mayor is among those who originally called for the ban. From U.K.'s Daily Mail, more DETAILS.