The Delta Queen Thrown A Six Month Lifeline

Reported by: James Mahon
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Updated: 9/17/2013 11:01 pm
CHATTANOOGA, TN,(WDEF)Travis McDonough, Chief of Staff,"Will allow the vessel to remain in Chattanooga, we have extended our agreement for an additional six months"

McDonough added that the infrastructure is not there to support such a boat.

"The vessel was only intended to be here temporarily when it was first moved here a few years ago, there will need to be an additional investment in docks and infrastructure to make the arrangement permanent"

Bart Schubert Dockmaster for Marine Max feels the boat is an asset to our city.

"The Historic notion that you get when you see these boats and it kind of brings up, you want to know where that boat has been in the past, it's story behind it and what it represents, there's not many like the Delta Queen anymore"

For one bride to be the news was greeted with joy but also concern.

Nicole Martin,"we thinking of having our wedding ceremony there, I really hope they don't tear it down"

Nicole Martin believes the boat is part of our region's history.

"I think they should try something before they just so we are done with it, it's been here for what 60 or 70 years, that's a long time to say we are just done with it, that's like ripping the Choo Choo down"

The boat's new rent will be 1500 dollars a month.
     Delta Queen management issued a further statement today denying they owe 11,000 dollars in rent money and asking for the Mayor's office to check their accounts.
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