August 16, 2022

The Nerve

Where Government Gets Exposed

Ports Authority Expands Terminal Plan

The NerveErich Chatham
Citizen Reporter


The S.C. State Ports Authority Board agreed Tuesday to nearly double the pay of New York-based Cooper Robertson & Partners to almost $1.3 million. That’s because the firm will study not the 15-18 acres as originally envisioned but the entire 55-acre Union Pier Terminal in downtown Charleston.

Cooper Robertson’s work on the cruise terminal comes with several goals: developing a viable facility that fits within historic Charleston; making security adjustments required by federal law; reducing cruise impacts on city traffic and infrastructure; increasing public access to the waterfront; and developing future purposes for the rest of Union Pier, according to the Charleston Post and Courier.

The terminal’s operations include exporting and, to a lesser degree, importing BMW vehicles.

The Ports Authority, which owns and operates public marine terminals at the Port of Charleston and the Port of Georgetown, is a financially self-sufficient state agency, but the state does help pay the cost of harbor deepening, allowing the Charleston port to serve deep-draft container ships.

State and federal dollars also go to help with some infrastructure improvements.

Erich Chatham is a small business owner who lives in Charleston. He is a member of the Bastiat Society.

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