Almost 2 years after judge calls for do-over, permit for Charleston cruise terminal sought

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CHARLESTON, South Carolina — Almost two years after a federal judge called for a do-over, the South Carolina Ports Authority is again seeking an Army Corps of Engineers permit for a contentious $35 million cruise passenger terminal in Charleston.

The permit would allow the authority to install additional pilings beneath a waterfront warehouse where it wants to build the terminal.

In September of 2013 U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel chastised attorneys for the Corps — saying they had done an end-run on the permit and the judge ordered a more extensive review.

Attorneys for terminal opponents said while the original permit considered the impact of the pilings on the water, the larger impact of the terminal on Charleston should have been considered.

The public has until Aug. 24 to comment on the renewed application.

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