With a "Don't Tread on Me" flag flying in front of City Hall, North Charleston has sued the state of South Carolina in both state and federal court in its ongoing dispute over a rail yard to serve a new $525 million port terminal.
Still, top officials of the state and the city say they are hopeful something can be worked out before a prolonged and expensive court fight.
"I'm not confident it will happen, but I'm hopeful it will happen," Mayor Keith Summey said this week. "We are very supportive of industry and very supportive of growth. But what the state is asking is that one community pay the whole price tag of growth and we think that's inappropriate."
"I think most of the issues around this can be resolved," said Commerce Secretary Bobby Hitt. "The one fundamental disagreement we have is the location of the rail yard."
That's been the ongoing disagreement for several years as the State Ports Authority builds a new terminal at the old Charleston Navy Base.