Proposed Charleston terminal prompts new hearing

Proposed cruise terminal (File)

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Another public hearing is being held on South Carolina State Ports Authority plans for a $35 million passenger cruise terminal in Charleston.

About 200 people turned out for a hearing on a state permit earlier this year. But the plans have been revised and the state Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management has scheduled another hearing Wednesday.

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

Regulators also asked for more information about the impact of cruises on property values in Charleston's historic district.

The terminal plans have sparked lawsuits in state and federal court.

Cruise opponents say they're a public nuisance. Supporters say the industry provides jobs and Charleston can handle a limited number of cruises.