- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 19, 2015

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - The South Carolina Ports Authority is transferring 50 acres on Daniel Island in Charleston to the state for use as a park.

The authority board on Wednesday also passed a resolution to sell several smaller unused parcels that it had acquired in the area.

The 50 acres is part of a tract the authority acquired during the 1990s when it planned to build a $1.2 billion container ship terminal on the site.

Local opposition led the General Assembly to direct that the terminal be built in North Charleston, where it is now under construction.

Lawmakers put language in this year’s state budget telling the agency to transfer 50 acres of the land to Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism under a 99-year lease.

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