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    Mobile cruise terminal debt looms

    MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - The city of Mobile has a looming problem: How to pay for a more than $20 million cruise terminal that's now used for dances and weddings rather than tourist embarkations.

    Carnival Cruise Lines pulled out of the city last fall, leaving Mobile without a new source of revenue to pay a debt load of $2 million annually. Officials have yet to lure another ship to the city, meaning the city budget will have to absorb the payments when a new fiscal year starts Oct. 1.

    Council President Reggie Copeland says reserves can pay the debt the first year, but revenues from a possible new sales tax may be needed after that.

    A cruise industry expert says Mobile hasn't done a very good job of marketing itself for another cruise ship.

    By Jay Reeves, Associated Press

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