Cruise ship hearing scheduled for next month

A circuit court judge appointed to hear the lawsuit about cruise ships in Charleston told the parties to come back next month to argue motions in the case.

Circuit Court Judge Clifton Newman of Williamsburg County set a hearing for July 12.

The date was announced during a status conference today at the Charleston County Judicial Center.

Newman was appointed as a special referee by the S.C. Supreme Court to review the case.

One year ago the Coastal Conservation League, Charleston Preservation Society and the Charles Towne and Ansonborough neighborhoods brought a lawsuit against Carnival Cruise Lines claiming the cruise ships violate several city ordinances, among other injuries.

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