JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A long-sought project to bring a floating naval museum to the vacant downtown shipyards continues to move forward.
The Jacksonville City Council has just been handed new legislation which outlines the operating agreement between the Jacksonville Historic Naval Ship Association and the City of Jacksonville to operate the USS Adams Museum.
“This will be a living, state-of-the-art, floating museum,” says Joe Snowberger, commodores of the ship association and CEO of the USS Adams Museum.
Snowberger says if the Council approves the legislation, which is basically a lease agreement, then he hopes to have the ship in Jacksonville between the spring and summer of 2015.
“Being the naval ship museum, and an attraction right at that spot, it would connect the business and entertainment core with the sports center complex,” Snowberger says. “Bringing downtown Jacksonville a lot closer with an actual attraction on the river walk.”
Snowberger says the entire project is privately funded, with over 500 individual donors. He estimates it will draw between 150 and 200 thousand visitors to downtown Jacksonville with a $4 million economic impact.
Councilman Bill Bishop says he’s excited that after a “long seven years coming,” the project is finally “getting ready to happen.”
Bishop confirms that the whole project is being privately funded. The profits will go directly to the museum.
“It will generate sales tax dollars on whatever economic activities the people come downtown generate,” he says.
Bishop believes it will bring more people downtown and be “another spark in the evolution of making downtown redevelopment happen.”