SC Supreme Court to hear arguments over cruise ships

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Cruise South-Carolina

The Regent Seven Seas Navigator cruise ship calls in Charleston, S.C, on Monday, Nov. 4, 2013. A local group, Charleston Communities for Cruise Control, is forming a coalition with similar groups in Venice, Italy, and Key West, Fla., to push for tighter regulations on the cruise ship industry in small historic ports worldwide. The controversy […]

Charleston, SC Tuesday at 10AM the South Carolina Supreme Court will hear arguments against the cruise industry in Charleston.

This case stems from several orders issued by the administrative law court (ALC) in a contested case proceeding in which Petitioners challenge permits issued by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control for a proposed cruise ship terminal on the Charleston peninsula.

The Preservation Society of Charleston, Historic Charleston Foundation, Historic Ansonborough Neighborhood Association, South Carolina Coastal Conservation League, Charleston Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation, and Charleston Communities for Cruise Control are the joint petitioners against the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control and South Carolina State Ports Authority.

Historic Charleston Foundation, The Coastal Conservation League, Preservation Society of Charleston and Charleston Communities for Cruise Control are organizing a bus from Charleston to the court hearing.  

The Historic Charleston Foundation wants:

  • A binding agreement with limits on the annual number of cruise ships versus the current voluntary agreement
  • The provision of shore power for docked ships
  • Limits on the size of cruise ships porting in Charleston

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