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Big step forward for appeal case for new terminal at Union Pier

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

Monday was an important deadline for several neighborhood and preservation groups opposed to the new cruise ship terminal planned for downtown Charleston.

They had to mail in their arguments to an appeals court as they try to block the redevelopment of union pier.

The South Carolina State Ports Authority planned to get rid of the Carnival cruise terminal on Concord Street and replace it with a new one at Union Pier. After an unveiling in 2010, the project was expected to be completed by 2012, but had been stalled repeatedly.

In April, the groups trying to block the new $40 million terminal filed an appeal after a judge said their reasons for why the terminal should be stopped didn't have enough specific facts to back them up.

After multiple motions delaying the case, those groups are mailing in their initial brief Monday.

The groups are concerned with the size and number of ships and impact of burning sulfur in the area.

Those in favor of the project say the ships have a positive impact on the local economy.

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