The State Ports Authority and the city of Charleston now have the right to intervene in the lawsuit against the Carnival Cruise Lines. The South Carolina 9th circuit chief administrative judge signed a consent order last week, giving the SPA and city of Charleston the rights to intervene in the case.
“We believe this lawsuit is baseless” –that’s according to the statement made by the State Ports Authority concerning the lawsuit brought by Charleston residents and environmental groups. The suit claims the Carnival cruises running in and out of the city pollute the environment and historical assets in the city–as well as violate city rules and regulations. However, in the statement, SPA and city officials claim Carnival actually exceeds expectations of the city’s regulations. The SPA says the filing means they can intervene based on the consent of the parties that signed the order and the signature of the judge.
The SPA says they aim to “end this frivolous suit as soon as possible.” In a prior news conference, city and port officials gathered at the port to discuss the importance and significance the cruises have on the city–saying they bring more tourists into the city, boosting the economy.