Lawsuits push terminal completion date back
By Ava Wilhiteawilhite@abcnews4.com
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- If construction on the proposed new cruise ship terminal started right now. it would not be done by fall of 2013 as promised.
The delays come from lawsuits and bickering back and forth over the environmental impacts of the proposed terminal, as well as the number of ships it would bring in.
Supporters of the new cruise ship terminal and those against it faced off again Wednesday night.
The Costal Conservation league wants changes made to help fight against their fears of increased air pollution.
Those in support of the terminal say the only thing claims from environmental groups are doing is pushing back the finishing date.
"Our concern with increased cruise ship operations quite simply is the air pollution. We have other concerns noise pollution, traffic etcetera but the gravest threat to the people in this neighborhood is going to be the effects of air pollution," said Megan Desrosieos, assistant director of the Coastal Conservation League.
Supporters of the new terminal and Port of Charleston team ship agent Gary Santos says the delays have gone on too long.
"You know, I say enough already. The mayor already support it, the City of Charleston's citizens support it. We've done due diligence and the Board of Architectural Review has approved it," said Santos.
The cruise ship terminal is expected to take 12 to 18 months to complete once construction actually begins, according to the spokesperson for the ports authority.
Several lawsuits - at both federal and state levels - are pending.