By BRUCE SMITH
Associated Press Writer
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - The South Carolina Supreme Court is declining to hear a challenge of a permit for a contentious $35 million cruise passenger terminal in Charleston.
Conservation and community groups are challenging a state permit to allow the renovation of an old waterfront warehouse as a new terminal.
The case is before the state Court of Appeals, but the South Carolina Ports Authority asked the state Supreme Court last month to hear the appeal directly. That would have reduced the time the challenge is before the courts.
But in a decision handed down last Friday, the high court declined to hear the case. That means the matter first will have to go to the Court of Appeals.
No date for a hearing before the appellate court has been set.