Jacksonville Riverwalk gets Militarized

Posted by Howard Flaschen on Tuesday, October 5th, 2010 at 8:53pm.

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USS Charles Adams to be a part of the Jacksonville downtown skyline

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The next naval warship to make its home on the first coast may be one that doesn't head out to battle actually.

Jacksonville's finance committee unanimously approved an ordinance to provide support to bring the USS Charles F. Adams downtown as a floating museum.

The ship, a guided missile destroyer commissioned in 1960, called Mayport home for years leading up to its retirement in 1992.

The Jacksonville Historic Naval Ship Association (JHNSA) wants to bring the ship to the Southbank to call the nearby Acosta Bridge its home.

The JHNSA wants a 10-year commitment for the berthing space and needs a submerged lands easement from the state.

To accommodate the 437-foot long ship, the JHNSA wants to build a new dock perpendicular to the Riverwalk as well as improvements to that area of the Riverwalk.

"We are grateful to the City Council Finance Committee for passing this ordinance," said John E. O'Neil Jr., executive director of the Jacksonville Historic Naval Ship Association.

"This is a tremendous step in our process to bring an exciting educational and historic attraction to the St. Johns River in Downtown Jacksonville, while honoring those who serve."

O'Neill added there is no cost to taxpayers and that the committee's vote will help fundraising efforts.

The ordinance needs the approval of the full council which will vote on it Oct. 12.

The Waterways Commission and the Rules, Recreation, Community Development and, now, Finance committees have all already approved the measure.

Currently the USS Charles F. Adams rests in Philadelphia, PA on "donation hold" while it awaits its permanent home.

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