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Old 08-04-2012, 10:03 PM
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Default Your Help IS Needed Again - SAVE THE DQ

Thought a new thread should be started:

Dear DELTA QUEEN Supporter:

As many of you may know the DELTA QUEEN is at risk of being soldto a hotelier in New Smyrna Beach, FL who intends to convert her permanentlyinto a hotel, much like the DELTA KING. This will make it IMPOSSIBLE forthe boat to ever sail again. What makes the DELTA QUEEN so special is thefact her original steam plant is completely intact unlike any other historicovernight passenger steamboat left in America today.

If we donít act quickly her uniqueness may be lost forever

In order for Mr. Hellerís deal to go through he must obtainapproval from several agencies as noted in excerpts from a recent news articlebelow. Please take a couple moments to review this information andcontact the agencies listed below to express your concerns and help SAVE THEQUEEN! The boatís wooden superstructure was not designed for salt waterenvironments and will not survive long there.

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See full article at: Delta Queen riverboat hotel remains sole proposal for NSB land - News

"TheHellers submitted the only bid Wednesday, beating the city's 2 p.m. deadline bya few hours.

Heller saidhe is on the verge of finalizing a purchase agreement with Xanterra Parks andResorts for the vessel.

"We'reactually to the point where I'll probably sign it this week," he said.

Thecommission should consider the proposal for the Delta Queen at its Sept. 11meeting, City Manager Pam Brangaccio said.

Heller saidthat since he has a tight timeline to buy the vessel he's hoping city officialscan speed up the process. He said he hopes to take possession of the riverboatby December, dry dock the vessel and then have it towed to Florida in January.Besides obtaining various regulatory approvals, the Hellers would still have tohammer out a lease agreement with the city."

The following is contactinformation for the entities that have to give their approvals.

Florida Inland Navigation District

1314 Marcinski Road

Jupiter, Florida 33477-9498

Web site: F.I.N.D. Florida Inland Navigation District

Contact Information:

Nancy J Freeman

Volusia County FIND commissioner


Phone: 561.627.3386

Fax: 561.624.6480

Note: Derelict Vessels inDistrict waterways can cause navigation safety and environmental problems. TheDistrict provides assistance funding up to $20,000 per county per year toassist other governments with derelict vessel removal projects.


City of New Smyrna Beach Council:

New Smyrna Beach City Hall

210 Sams Avenue

New Smyrna Beach, Florida 32168

(386) 424-2112 or FAX (386) 424-2109


Other City Officials:


Adam Barringer -

James Hathaway -

JS Grasty -

Lynne Plaskett -

Judy Reiker -


US Army Corps of Engineers

Jacksonville Regulatory Division

Cocoa Section
400 High Point Drive, Suite 600, Cocoa, FL32926
Fax: (321) 504-3803

Contact Info:
Irene Sadowski, Section Chief

Phone:321-504-3771 x12


Station Ponce De Leon Inlet

Atlantic District 7 - Sector Jacksonville


Personal Mailing Address:

USCG Station Ponce de Leon

2999 N. Peninsula Ave.

New Smyrna Beach, Florida 32169

Contact Information

Phone: (386) 428-9085

Fax: (386) 428-0188

Unitís Missions: Search and Rescue, Law Enforcement, andPollution Response

The National Trust for HistoricPreservation would also like to hear from you regarding the DELTA QUEEN as sheis designated a National Historic Landmark, their info is also listed below.


The National Trust for Historic Preservation

Southern Region

456 King Street

Charleston, SC 29403

Nancy Tinker Ė Senior Field Officer

Southern Office


Phone: (843) 722-8552

FAX: (843) 722-8652

Headquarters Office:

1785 Massachusetts Ave. NW

Washington, DC 20036-2117

Phone: (202) 588-6000 or (800) 944-6847

Fax: (202) 588-6038

The DELTA QUEEN needs ourhelp!!!

Please call, write, email andfax your concerns to these good people so they can help us all preserve thelast authentic overnight steamboat from the great American steamboat era forour future generations to cherish.

Thank you somuch
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