Charleston tourism management plan calls for new site for contentious cruise terminal

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CHARLESTON, South Carolina — Tourism planners in Charleston are suggesting the South Carolina Ports Authority find another location for its proposed $35 million passenger cruise terminal.

Local media outlets report the city Planning Commission voted 8-1 on Monday in favor of a new city tourism management plan. The approval came with the provision that a new terminal site be found.

It's been almost five years since the Ports Authority announced plans for a new terminal and permit approvals have been tied up in court for years.

The Planning Commission is suggesting another location for the terminal be found farther from the Historic District.

But Charleston Mayor Joe Riley says City Council approved plans four years ago for the new terminal and it will mean traffic will flow more smoothly than at the existing terminal.

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