- Associated Press - Monday, November 9, 2015

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Attorneys will have to wait until next year before arguing over a permit for a contentious $35 million passenger cruise terminal in downtown Charleston.

The State Court of Appeals had indicated it would hear the case the week of Dec. 7. But a court official said Monday that scheduling conflicts have now delayed arguments until February at the earliest.

The South Carolina Ports Authority wants to build a new cruise terminal by renovating a waterfront warehouse. The state Department of Health and Environmental Control granted a permit almost three years ago to allow additional pilings to be placed beneath the warehouse so the terminal can be built.

Preservation and conservation groups are challenging the permit, saying regulators didn’t consider the impact of the terminal on historic Charleston.

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