Some Charleston citizens say the Panama-based Carnival Cruise Lines are affecting their way of life. These Charleston residents say local laws that are meant to protect their environment and historic assets are being violated by the cruise industry.
The suit, filed in South Carolina State Court, claims larger cruise ships, like those of Carnival Cruises, “run afoul of local zoning ordinances, snarl traffic by closing streets, and violate state environmental permitting laws.”
Blan Holman, a Southern Environmental Law Center attorney, is representing the citizens and says “These laws were put in place to balance economic development, historic conservation and a health environment.”
However, at a press conference Monday, Charleston Mayor Joe Riley noted how important the cruise industry is and how vital it is to the economy and job creation. Riley says “Over the majority of the citizens whom I serve think that the right scale of cruise activity in Charleston is a very good thing. I also know that if we don’t work hard and defeat this lawsuit promptly, then something very important, that has lasting positive opportunities to impact us, will be lost.”