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S.C. Supreme Court dismisses cruise lawsuit

S.C. Supreme Court dismisses cruise lawsuit

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Charleston - South Carolina's Supreme Court dismissed a lawsuit against Carnival Cruise Lines Wednesday.

The lawsuit alleged the company's operations in Charleston are unlawful or a nuisance to citizens.

In the South Carolina Supreme Court opinion published Wednesday morning, the Court stated, "Lacking from these allegations is any claim that the Plaintiffs themselves or their members have suffered from a particularized harm...These allegations are simply complaints about inconveniences suffered broadly by all persons residing in or passing through the City of Charleston and therefore, Plaintiffs fail to establish the first element of standing."

The Preservation Society of Charleston and South Carolina Coastal Conservation League filed the lawsuit two years ago to block cruise operations.

Mayor Riley from North Charleston release this statement in regards to the ruling:

"Today’s opinion issued by the South Carolina Supreme Court is great news for the citizens of Charleston.  The decision of the court confirms our long held belief in the validity and propriety of cruise operations at Union Pier.  It is regrettable that so much time and resources had to be devoted to litigating the issue.

It is now time to move forward. We will continue our work with the State Ports authority to improve cruise and other operations at the Port of Charleston to solidify its status as a world class maritime facility."
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