By BRUCE SMITH
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - A federal judge wants to hear attorneys argue why a challenge to a $35 million South Carolina cruise terminal should be settled without a trial.
U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel has scheduled arguments for next month in the ongoing dispute over a federal permit for the terminal proposed for the Charleston waterfront.
Environmental and neighborhood groups have sued saying the Army Corps of Engineers should have more extensively studied the project before issuing a permit allowing the South Carolina State Ports Authority to put additional pilings under a wharf.
The pilings are needed to transform an old warehouse into a new cruise terminal for the city's expanded cruise industry. Both sides filed requests earlier asking the judge to rule in their favor without a trial.