JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The clock is ticking for the city of Jacksonville where officials are faced with the decision of whether or not to welcome home a historic naval ship.
Action News Jax broke the news back in June when Navy veterans revealed their decision to bring the USS Orleck to downtown Jacksonville.
Before the Orleck, the Jacksonville Historical Naval Ship Association was working to bring in the USS Adams for 10 years.
Ultimately, the deal fell through back in the fall of 2018.
A nonprofit in Louisiana has agreed to hand over the Orleck to the group of veterans. The city has until mid-November to say "yes" or it could be a goner.
"They either transfer the ship to us or they send the ship to salvage so they're on a very tight deadline." Daniel Bean, president of the Jacksonville Historical Naval Ship Association, said.
We reached out to the Downtown Investment Authority, directly, for comment. Instead, we received a statement from the city:
Bean said the Orleck will have an economic impact of $3 million to 4 million on the city.
"We believe that a warship accentuates the shipyard process and the experience to build on J-District for folks to be able to walk down here and experience that," Bean said. "We're ready to pull the trigger, but we've got to have a place to stay."
City officials said they believe the concept of a naval ship museum is something they support, but they just want more information.
Bean said his organization is working to get the raw data for the city.
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