The deadline for public comments concerning the South Carolina’s Ports Authority application for a new cruise ship terminal in Charleston is Monday.
The proposed terminal would replace the existing cruise ship port. It would be built in an existing abandoned warehouse at the northern end of the Union Pier Terminal, and include an additional 20 pilings to support three elevators and two escalators.
Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce President and Chief Executive Bryan Derreberry recently sent a letter in support of the project to the Army Corps of Engineers.
"The cruise industry is very important [to] the Charleston region and the state of South Carolina as it has an annual economic impact of $37 million," Derreberry wrote. "As other cities try to compete for that economic impact, it is critical that we continually work to give Charleston the competitive edge that will allow us to retain the cruise industry."
Derreberry said the new terminal would improve traffic flow without impacting any historical properties in the area
Anyone wishing to submit additional written comments should send them to the Army Corps of Engineers Regulatory Division, 69A Hagood Ave., Charleston, SC 29403.