SC Ports again seek cruise terminal permit

By BRUCE SMITHAssociated Press

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Nearly a year after a judge tossed out a permit for a $35 million cruise terminal in Charleston, the South Carolina Ports Authority is again seeking federal permission for the project.

Documents released to The Associated Press under the Freedom of Information Act show a new review will be much more extensive than the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers conducted when the original permit was issued in April 2012.

The Ports Authority needs a permit to place additional pilings beneath on old waterfront warehouse it wants to renovate as the terminal.

A federal judge invalidated the original permit last September. The judge ruled that while the Corps considered the impact on navigable waters, it did not consider the larger impact of the terminal on Charleston.

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