As part of our ongoing work to develop a sensible policy for cruise tourism in Charleston, the National Trust is participating in the regulatory review process for the new terminal that is being constructed. There has been both hopeful and disappointing news on this front.
The root of the issue is just how broadly the reviewing agencies at the state and federal level will consider impacts from the project. The Army Corps of Engineers is taking the most narrow view. The South Carolina Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management is considering expanding their review for their permitting process.Below is information from Charleston’s Coastal Conservation League on an opportunity to request a new hearing to consider these wider impacts. If you are in South Carolina, or care about this issue, please take a minute to add your voice to this effort.
This is a friendly reminder that the deadline to request another hearing on the new cruise terminal is quickly approaching! A few weeks ago, the South Carolina Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management requested more information from the South Carolina State Ports Authority in order to better assess the port’s permit application for the new cruise terminal. The port has revised their permit application to include additional structural changes they want to make to the warehouse, and also to include the construction of the staging areas for passengers, luggage, and supplies.
The South Carolina Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management must disclose and review all of the impacts associated with the new cruise terminal and the operations it will facilitate. The South Carolina Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management is also required to evaluate alternatives to constructing a new cruise terminal at Union Pier.
Please write to the South Carolina Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management and request a public hearing regarding this revised permit application in order to assess the breadth of impacts associated with the new cruise terminal.