State appeals court won’t hear SC cruise case before May

The waterfront waterhouse in the foreground is the proposed future site of the State Ports Authority’s cruise terminal.

Attorneys will wait a few more months before arguing over a state permit for a $35 million passenger cruise terminal in downtown Charleston.

The State Court of Appeals had indicated it would hear the case in December, but scheduling conflicts have delayed the matter. The court has informed attorneys the court is considering scheduling the case in May.

The case concerns the State Ports Authority’s plans to relocate its cruise terminal to a waterfront warehouse to be renovated at the north end of Union Pier.

The Department of Health and Environmental Control granted a permit almost three years ago to allow additional pilings beneath the warehouse.

Preservation and conservation groups are challenging the permit, saying regulators didn’t consider the impact of the terminal on historic downtown Charleston.