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Zinc or swim? Long Beach officials debate saving Queen Mary or sinking it in the ocean – CBS Los Angeles –


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.

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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.

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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.

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“I feel like they should fix it,” said Delmus Wilkerson, a tourist. β€œIt’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.”