The Charlestowne Neighborhood Association, which represents Charleston homeowners who live south of Broad Street, is working to move he new cruise terminal to the Columbus street Terminal instead of the northern end of Union Pier. This is due to an effort by the neighborhood association to keep the planned cruise terminal from affecting residents near Union Pier.
The SC State Ports Authority recently announced a $2.4 million dollar contract for the new Union Pier cruise terminal. Charleston hosted a record 67 cruise ships in 2010. More is expected to be recorded in 2011 because Carnival Cruise Lines is expected to base “The Fantasy” in Charleston.
The Historic Charleston Foundation, the Preservation Society of Charleston, Save the City, the Charlestowne, Ansonborough and Wagener Terrace neighborhood associations, the Coastal Conservation League and some prominent real estate businesses/professionals are requested an agreement to be formalized which will place restrictions on the number and size of cruise ships that the port will allow.