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Judge tosses out Charleston cruise terminal case

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCIV) – A judge has thrown out a lawsuit challenging the State Ports Authority's new cruise terminal in downtown Charleston.

Judge Ralph Anderson III ruled Friday afternoon that the coalition of neighborhoods and preservation groups lacked the needed standing to challenge the $35 million state permit.

More than a year ago, the terminal's opponents asked the court to review the permit that had been approved by the state's Department of Health and Environmental Control.

In August, the City of Charleston and the SPA asked the court to intervene in the dispute that has endured since 2011.

The lawsuit filed in 2011 alleges that Carnival's cruise liners are a public nuisance and violate city rules and regulations. The lawsuit also asks a judge to declare it illegal for the State Ports Authority to use Union Pier for a new $35 million passenger cruise terminal.

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