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July 25 - Jacksonville one step close to opening Naval Warship Museum

Category: Hospitality & Tourism

By Lou Phelps, Brunswick Business Journal

July 25, 2014—Another hurdle was cleared this week to establish Florida’s first naval warship museum in Jacksonville. The City of Jacksonville (COJ) Waterways Commission voted unanimously to approve the request by the Downtown Development Authority (DIA) to oversee the Development and Licensing Agreement to operate the USS ADAMS Museum at the Shipyards Property.

JHNSA will appear before the Finance Committee and the RCD/PHS Committee with the full City Council vote expected August 12, according to Joe Snowberger, Commodore and CEO of the USS Joe SnowbergerADAMS Museum.

“This vote is a big step that assures the USS ADAMS Museum will have a legal home in Downtown Jacksonville. We are grateful to our city and county leaders for their vision in approving this vital project. Now, they and we, are turning to the whole community to thank them for their support and to ask those who have yet to support this project to come aboard and help us “Bring Home the Adams!”

The former USS Charles F. Adams (DDG-2) is the last surviving ship of the Adams Class guided missile destroyers; a class of warship that revolutionized naval warfare. The vision to display the Adams as a naval warship museum began with the sailors who served in these warships, but has now become the vision of thousands of residents of the Jacksonville, Florida area.  The vision sees a lasting and fitting memorial established to honor all veterans, to grow tourism and provide hands-on educational programs for our youth.

Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown and other city, state and national leaders have all given the stamp of approval to the project, according to the supporters. The Navy will release the ship once final funding is secured. At that time, the warship will be restored prior to coming home to Jacksonville. The USS Charles F. Adams Naval Warship Museum will open to the public in early 2015.

For more information on “Bring Home the Adams” or to support the effort, go to www.USSAdams.com.

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