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City OKs use of USS Adams for maritime museum in Jacksonville on St. Johns River

Museum should be downtown in 2015

Posted: August 28, 2014 - 6:06pm  |  Updated: August 28, 2014 - 7:30pm
The USS Adams, DDG-2, underway at an unknown point in its service life. The Adams was the lead ship of her class of guided-missile destroyers. It was commissioned in 1960 and served for 30 years.  Provided by the Jacksonville Historic Naval Ship Association
Provided by the Jacksonville Historic Naval Ship Association
The USS Adams, DDG-2, underway at an unknown point in its service life. The Adams was the lead ship of her class of guided-missile destroyers. It was commissioned in 1960 and served for 30 years.

The USS Adams is one step closer to the banks of the St. Johns River.

In a 16-1 vote, the Jacksonville City Council agreed Wednesday to the Jacksonville Historic Ship Association’s lease agreement and handed over control of the operation to the Downtown Investment Authority.

“The DIA went to the City Council and said, this is one of our first big projects and we want you to give us permission to move along with it,” said Joe Snowberger, commodore of the ship association.

The lone dissenting vote was Councilman Richard Clark.

Council voted last year to allow the USS Adams to come to Jacksonville as a maritime museum and be moored at the Northbank shipyards by the Maxwell House plant, which is sitting vacant. Wednesday’s vote hands the reigns to the DIA for its most substantial project to date.

Snowberger credited the DIA for being a semi-governmental agency that is actually helpful.

“Andra Wallace, Oliver Barakat and their team are awesome,” he said.

Of course, the association also needed some help from city council.

“Councilman Bill Bishop has led the parade,” he said. “But last night I was amazed at the support and Councilman (Johnny) Gaffney had an extremely eloquent speech.”

Snowberger said he believes the Navy will turn over the ship to the association in six months at the latest. The group can then move forward with refurbishment.

If all goes according to plan, the Adams should be sitting proudly on the St. Johns River before 2015 is out.

“Last night was the community declaring it wants the Adams in downtown Jacksonville,” he said. “Now we can formally tell the Navy we have a home and they can work faster on getting us the ship.

 

Clifford Davis: (904) 359-4103

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rbirds49
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rbirds49 08/29/14 - 02:51 pm
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An enormous, 437 foot-long,

An enormous, 437 foot-long, very tall slab of metal in the midst of our downtown, painted gun-metal grey. I just can't imagine why anyone other than those with personal experience with this ship would want this thing in downtown JAX.

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Noillusions 08/29/14 - 09:38 am
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For those of you that think

For those of you that think this boat looks ANYTHING like this photo today...you are in for a rude awakening.

For those of you that feel someone will simply start it up & pilot it to jax, you are foolishly dreaming.

This thing is a rusted eyesore & will have to be towed wherever it ends up...at a 3-4 million $ price tag.

For those of you that feel the proposed mooring site is suitable for public exposure, think again...another 4-6 Million $ price tag.

For those of you that feel prepping a boats surface for repainting is an inexpensive proposition & offers a friendly, clean environment, think again.

For those of you that think a couple gallons of Sherwin-Williams will cover this thing, get real.

For those of you that think this thing will draw millions & millions of tourists immediatedly & annually, dream on.

For those of you that think ANY ROI to the Taxpayer in less than 20-25 years, get real.

This will become another Taxpayer Blackhole, a practice this town is so noted for.

One positive here, there is no way the Navy will object to someone taking this thing off their hands.

HAPPY JACK
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HAPPY JACK 08/29/14 - 09:33 am
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Why did Dickey Butts vote

Why did Dickey Butts vote against it. Maybe he would not get the cleaning contract.

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