GulfQuest Opening Pushed Back To Next Spring

GulfQuest Opening Pushed Back To Next Spring

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When it comes to tourist attractions in town, it’s hard to beat the Battleship USS Alabama. However, folks with the GulfQuest Maritime Museum are optimistic they will surpass the Alabama’s numbers. The Alabama has been open to the public since 1965.

“We do a great job of supporting and keeping that number one in the southern part of Alabama,” says Director of Sales and Marketing Karen Connor.

Over the past few years, Connor says the ship has averaged 250,000 visitors a year, July is their busiest month. With all the rain this summer, July 2013 saw 48,000 visitors which is down just 2%.

We weren’t able to get inside the Maritime Museum today, the gentleman who escorts the press around is in meetings all day, but as you can see, they have laid the asphalt for the parking lot and today they’re also working on landscaping and I heard from a representative from their office that construction really should be finished any day now.

Eight weeks ago, officials asked for over half a million dollars for the landscaping alone. The project, which is shaped like an actual container ship, has seen several setbacks, those in charge asking for more money from the city, and mold problems plaguing construction. The museum’s website boasts several exhibits, from kids piloting their own ship to inspecting fossils and other artifacts, to checking out gulf area shipwrecks. The idea does have some a little worried.

“People may just have, they only have so much of that expendable income, and will that money go to that latest, newest, greatest attraction, and that is definitely a fear of ours,” adds Conner.

GulfQuest was originally set to open this past spring, then it was moved to the end of this year. Now, it's projected to open spring of 2014.

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