The bills keep adding up for the state-sponsored cruise that took about 200 state and local officials on a tour during the tall ships festival in Beaufort. Invoices show the cruise cost more than $27,000. The $2,700 beer and wine bill was paid by an economic development group that receives state funds. The state also assigned two of its five marine patrol boats to escort the ferry, which had been taken off its normal route for the tour. Ports officials have since apologized for the lavish event.
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