Cruise ship opponents turn out for cruise ship terminal hearing in North Charleston
Cruise ship opponents came out in numbers tonight to restate their grievances at a state hearing related to the new cruise ship terminal planned on Union Pier.
The hearing in North Charleston dealt with a permit the State Ports Authority needs to add five pilings beneath the pier to support the weight of elevators and escalators in the $35 million terminal.
Opponents, including Coastal Conservation League Director Dana Beach, said the state must consider all the impacts of the terminal the pilings would facilitate.
The terminal is planned in an existing warehouse building near Laurens Street. Residents of the nearby Ansonborough neighborhood were particularly vocal in their opposition.
Supporters of the planned terminal, including Mayor Joe Riley, said it would reduce the impacts of the existing cruise business. Cruise ships currently dock on Union Pier, at a 1970s-era terminal near Market Street.
There is no deadline for a decision on the permit from the Office of Coastal Resource Management.
Read more in tomorrow’s Post and Courier.