Attorneys argue in front of S.C. Supreme Court over harm cruise ships would cause Charleston
By Schuyler Kropf
COLUMBIA — Allowing a lawsuit that challenges Charleston’s cruise ship visits over zoning issues to stand could damage global commerce if taken to the extreme, a lawyer argued this morning before the South Carolina Supreme Court.
Attorney Marvin Infinger said the lawsuit filed by preservationists and neighborhood groups could essentially be applied to all commercial shipping that calls on Charleston.
“The suit, if allowed to stand, would do violence to the ocean-going commerce of this nation,” he said.
Additionally, lawyers argued the plaintiffs looking to challenge the cruise ship visits are not uniquely affected by the traffic and congestion the ships have brought.
City attorney Frances Cantwell said, “The harm is no different in kind than what we all suffer.”
Attorney J. Blanding Holman IV, who represents the plaintiffs, said the suit should go forward because of the systematic harm the ships are bringing to a closed, confined and historic part of Charleston.