Judge tosses out Charleston cruise terminal case

      COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCIV) - A judge has thrown out a lawsuitchallenging the State Ports Authority's new cruise terminal in downtownCharleston.

      Judge Ralph Anderson III ruled Friday afternoon that thecoalition of neighborhoods and preservation groups lacked the needed standingto challenge the $35 million state permit.

      More than a year ago, the terminal's opponents asked thecourt to review the permit that had been approved by the state's Department ofHealth and Environmental Control.

      In August, the City of Charleston and the SPA asked thecourt to intervene in the dispute that has endured since 2011.

      The lawsuit filed in 2011 alleges that Carnival's cruiseliners are a public nuisance and violate city rules and regulations. Thelawsuit also asks a judge to declare it illegal for the State Ports Authorityto use Union Pier for a new $35 million passenger cruise terminal.