A hearing on a new cruise ship terminal in downtown Charleston has been delayed yet again.
According to the Charleston Post and Courier, the South Carolina Court of Appeals canceled the Nov. 8 hearing. The scheduled meeting has already been postponed several times over the past two years.
The paper reports the appeals court’s calendar is already set for the remainder of the year, so it will likely be next year before the case gets back on the docket.
Charleston-area conservation and historic preservation groups are suing the State Ports Authority (SPA) and the state Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) over the terminal. The groups argue the two agencies are not factoring increased tourism traffic in their estimates over the new terminal’s impact on the city.
DHEC issued a permit in 2012 that would allow the SPA five clusters of support pilings underneath a warehouse at Union Pier. The SPA wants to build a new cruise ship terminal to replace the current structure at the site.