Delta Queen one step closer to new home in Kimmswick -

Delta Queen one step closer to new home in Kimmswick

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A bill in Congress that's required before the historic steamboat Delta Queen can resume overnight cruises on the Mississippi River sailed through a Senate committee last week. The bill would exempt the paddle boat from a federal law that prohibits wooden boats from doing overnight cruises. 

Delta Queen Company chief operating officer Leah Ann Ingram told News 4, "We came very close to getting this to go through at the end of last year in Congress, we just ran out of time. This is very much a priority of Senator  Blunt and Senator McCaskill, and we're very appreciative."

After the bill passes, the Delta Queen Company plans to refurbish the 1920's-ra boat and move it permanently to Kimmswick in Jefferson County. The plan is expected to create 170 jobs and have a $34 million economic impact. 

"Yeah, you're talking millions and millions of dollars and the recurring cash that will be generated by the project, whether it will be taxes from ticket sales or the restaurant or just the other tourism," said Derrick Good, Chairman of the Jefferson County Port Authority. 

The company moved it's headquarters to Kimmswick and opened a restaurant that's decorated with items from the boat. Ingram said if all goes as planned, the Delta Queen will arrive in Kimmswick in late spring of 2018.

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