Corps, ports pull appeal over Charleston cruises

      By MEG KINNARDAssociated Press

      CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Two agencies have dropped challenges to a federal judge's decision overturning a permit for a planned $35 million cruise terminal in Charleston.

      The State Ports Authority and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers filed paperwork to that effect in federal court Monday.

      The groups were challenging an October ruling by U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel, who said the Corps did not adequately review the terminal's effects on the city's historic district. He sent the matter back to the Corps for further review.

      A federal mediator had planned to meet with attorneys Tuesday over the disputed appeal.

      Carnival Cruise Lines based its 2,000-passenger liner Fantasy in Charleston more than three years ago, giving the city a year-round industry. Before that, ships made port calls, but none were based in Charleston.


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