Cruise opponents voice concern over proposed terminal

NORTH CHARLESTON (WCSC) - About 100 people attended another public hearing Wednesday night on plans by the South Carolina State Ports Authority for a $35 million passenger cruise terminal in Charleston.

Many of those attending wore stickers saying "Cruise Control Now." The cruise issue in Charleston has sparked lawsuits in both state and federal courts.

About 200 people turned out last spring for a hearing on a state permit. But the plans have been revised and the state Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management held another hearing Wednesday.

The revisions include changes to the building and outside covered areas to handle passengers and baggage.

Cruise opponents say they're a public nuisance.

"We're concerned about never-ending growth in the industry and it's impact on such a fragile, historic area," Carrie Agnew, Executive Director of "Charleston Communities For Cruise Control", says.

Supporters say the industry provides jobs and Charleston can handle limited cruises.

"We have a bird's eye view.  We're probably impacted as much as anyone in the city," Paul Franklin says.  "We're for the improvements to be made there and we're for the jobs that will be created as a result of this project."

The public comment period for the project will continue for three weeks.  The Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management will make any revisions after that time period, if necessary.

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