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    I am just as in the dark. I can say she is safe and happy. Her caretakers are true lovers of the Queen. So far Heller and NSB have been quiet. I checked with the city clerk who said he has not heard anything since Heller submitted his proposal. No word from the Army corp of engineers or coast guard. He said they have not contacted the commisioners or city government with approval of the boat being placed. If Heller is buying her he is being awful quiet about it, which might be his intention. So far she is safe and happy.


      Dear DELTA QUEEN Supporter:

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

      If we don’t act quickly her uniqueness may be lost forever

      In order for Mr. Heller’s deal to go through he must obtain approval from several agencies as noted in excerpts from a recent news article below. Please take a couple moments to review this information and contact the agencies listed below to express your concerns and help SAVE THE QUEEN! The boat’s wooden superstructure was not designed for salt water environments and will not survive long there.

      Begin Quoted Text:

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

      "The Hellers submitted the only bid Wednesday, beating the city's 2 p.m. deadline by a few hours.
      Heller said he is on the verge of finalizing a purchase agreement with Xanterra Parks and Resorts for the vessel.
      "We're actually to the point where I'll probably sign it this week," he said.
      The commission should consider the proposal for the Delta Queen at its Sept. 11 meeting, City Manager Pam Brangaccio said.
      Heller said that since he has a tight timeline to buy the vessel he's hoping city officials can speed up the process. He said he hopes to take possession of the riverboat by December, dry dock the vessel and then have it towed to Florida in January. Besides obtaining various regulatory approvals, the Hellers would still have to hammer out a lease agreement with the city."

      The following is contact information 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 in District waterways can cause navigation safety and environmental problems. The District provides assistance funding up to $20,000 per county per year to assist 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 -
Vice Mayor
      James Hathaway -
City Commissioner
      JS Grasty -
      Lynne Plaskett -
City Commissioner
      Judy Reiker -
      US Army Corps of Engineers
      Jacksonville Regulatory Division

      Cocoa Section
400 High Point Drive, Suite 600, Cocoa, FL 32926
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
      Unit’s Missions: Search and Rescue, Law Enforcement, and Pollution Response

      The National Trust for Historic Preservation would also like to hear from you regarding the DELTA QUEEN as she is 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 – 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 our help!!!

      Please call, write, email and fax your concerns to these good people so they can help us all preserve the last authentic overnight steamboat from the great American steamboat era for our future generations to cherish.

      Thank you so much


        Article - NSB City Commission Meeting 9/11/12

        Daytona Beach News Journal 8/10/12:

        NSB leaders want Delta Queen questions resolved - News


        • “Heller will be asked to answer about 40 questions regarding his plans -- ranging from what effect the boat would have on Intracoastal Waterway traffic and navigation to where the vessel would be docked during a hurricane.”

        • “Some city commissioners have said they need to see approvals for the Delta Queen from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Florida Inland Navigation District and the U.S. Coast Guard among other agencies before they could ultimately consider the project.”

        • Article reports that Heller met with the Corps of Engineers about the agency’s procedures and requirements and discussed the issues that must be addressed for a permit to be issued. In an email, Corps of Engineers spokeswoman Nancy Sticht said, “We have not yet received an application relative to this proposal so have no further information to share at this time."

        • “Heller could not be reached for comment Thursday.”