LONG BEACH (CBSLA) – The fate of the Queen Mary, an iconic rusted, floating tourist attraction, is up in the air after a report commissioned by the Long Beach City Council.
The ship is in urgent need of expensive repairs that come with high risks of flooding. The 54-year-old tourist attraction has failed to make a profit for several operators bailed out of their property over the years. It is now owned by the city, forcing local leaders to make tough choices.
One option to save the ship is to keep it where it is, which would cost anywhere from $25 to 50 million and another $5 million a year for maintenance.
Another, more expensive option is to land her and repair the ship, which could cost up to $500 million.
Or city leaders may choose to tow her out to sea and sink her and the associated tourist revenues, about $100 million.
“I feel like they should fix it,” said Delmus Wilkerson, a tourist. “It’s a critical part of Long Beach. Everyone comes just to see the Queen Mary or to be here. It’s on the highway. It’s not going anywhere.”