Venice is the textbook example of what happens when you put the tourist dollar above the quality of life of residents. Sure there's money coming in, but when it stops, there's nothing else.
A ruling that overturns a law that would have banned large cruise ships from sailing into Venice lagoons is a victory for cruise lines, and a blow to environmentalists and preservationists. This isn't the last word on the subject, however.
It's one thing to welcome a cruise to your town and another to welcome being overrun by cruisers. Venice already knows what it's like to lose almost all of its businesses to tourism overload. It doesn't need a huge cruise ship to remind it.
The city's infrastructure and residents are, literally, drowning in tourism. Its cruise industry has made regular life almost unsustainable and development will only further erode its culture.
A wall may work for a few years, but without some Netherlands-like planning and development and a slowing of global warming, recent years have shown that Venice is headed towards a damp future.
Venice turned artificial destination at least a decade ago and the last remaining residents fight to keep the complete exodus of real locals from happening.
Venetians have long protested the influx of cruise ships, but this will likely be a landmark rally, since 13 ships in one day marks a new level of traffic.
Venice is infamous for delaying this type of decision for years. Still, with so many parties invested in the outcome, the cruise ship solution just may demand swift action - even in the city known for its relaxed approach to pretty much any form of tourism.
Expect a small crackdown on gondolier behavior for the rest of the season, then things will return to their chaotic normal when next year's visitors arrive.
Street View in Venice offers an intimacy with the city that Google's great mapping technology doesn't usually capture.