The battle between the city of North Charleston and the state of South Carolina over where to place rail in the city is now in court. After a 60-day waiting period after announcing its intent to sue the state, the city of North Charleston filed its lawsuit in federal court last week.
In the suit, the city claims the state went against a 2002 Memorandum of Understanding between the State Ports Authority and North Charleston–placing rail lines on the southern end of the port. The state now wants rail on the northern end–an area the city’s mayor Keith Summey has redeveloped.
Last Friday, the South Carolina Supreme Court denied a state request asking that the MOU be “ruled upon in an expedited fashion by dispensing with normal court procedures.” Mayor Summey says he is pleased with the court’s refusal and it’s a step forward in the right direction for the residents of North Charleston.