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      SC justices mulling cruise nuisance allegations

      By MEG KINNARDAssociated Press

      COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - An attorney for the State Ports Authority says barring cruise ships from calling at the City of Charleston could be detrimental to South Carolina's business future.

      Marvin Infinger told the Supreme Court Tuesday that companies might be hesitant to come to South Carolina if restrictions are placed on commercial vessels.

      The court is mulling arguments from entities including the Preservation Society of Charleston and South Carolina Coastal Conservation League. They sued two years ago, seeking to block cruise operations. They also want the court declare it illegal for the South Carolina State Ports Authority to create a new $35 million cruise terminal.

      Blan Holman represents those groups. He told justices that downtown residents are subjected to nuisances including air pollution and traffic congestion.

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