The state of South Carolina and the city of North Charleston are facing off over where new rail access should go at the Port of Charleston. Berkeley Senator Larry Grooms this week said the resolution of the issue does not involve the State Ports Authority.
North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey says that’s not so and he is still holding the authority to its agreement to put the lines on the southern end.
They are not trying to work with us. They are trying to make us the enemy of the economy, the enemy of the port. Let me tell you something, I like steak. I like to see cows live and survive. I’m not going to feed them my children so I can have steak.
According to Summey, the state backed out of the agreement (Memorandum of Understanding) that placed the rail lines on the southern end of the port. The state wants to now put the lines on the northern end, but Summey is redeveloping that area, so he’s not happy. He says he was willing to work something out with the state, but it seems like they are not compromising.
They’re trying to regroup the troops. Making sure everybody is online and the state’s right and the city’s wrong.
Berkeley Senator Larry Grooms invited the mayor to meet in Columbia at the beginning of next week, but Summey wanted to talk it out this week because he is gone on vacation next week.
Summey says he’s not against state doing business–
I like the port activity and the business, but I’m not going to sell my community out for that port operation. It can be worked where it works for the port authority, it works for the businesses and industries in South Carolina, without sticking the shaft into the city of North Charleston, and that’s all we have asked for.
So, now what? Summey says he’s taking the matter to court.
Nobody knows exactly what the courts will hear, but I think it will be worthwhile if this thing goes through that we file a class-action lawsuit on behalf of every resident in that community.