Should it reach the trial stage, a lawsuit challenging the Port of Charleston’s proposed cruise ship terminal won’t be heard until at least Nov. 4, according to a judge’s order.
Groups opposed to the terminal sued the Army Corps of Engineers over in U.S. District Court over a federal construction permit it issued for the $35 million project.
Judge Richard Gergel set the jury selection and trial date in a scheduling order he signed last week. The case could be settled before November.
The State Ports Authority wants to relocate its cruise passenger building to an existing vacant warehouse at the north end of Union Pier, near Laurens Street. The current structure is farther south, near the end of Market Street.
Oppositions groups are fighting the location. They also want to place limits on cruise operations in Charleston.