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Regulators set new hearing on SC cruise terminal

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — State regulators have scheduled another public hearing on plans for South Carolina's proposed $35 million passenger cruise ship terminal.

The Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management announced Thursday the hearing will be held Sept. 19 in North Charleston.

Earlier this month, the agency asked for comment on revisions to State Ports Authority plans to create a new terminal in an old warehouse on Charleston's Cooper River. The revisions include changes to the building and outside covered areas to handle passengers and baggage

More than 200 attended a contentious hearing earlier this year on the original permit.

The terminal plans have sparked lawsuits in state and federal court.

Cruise opponents say they're a public nuisance. Supporters say the industry provides jobs and Charleston can handle a limited number of cruises.

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