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Delta Queen May Get Legislative Reprieve

By Linda Tancs

Who can imagine the Mississippi River without a genuine riverboat plying its waters?  Perhaps that’s what a group of U.S. legislators were thinking as well when they decided to sponsor a bill on October 16th to continue the exemption enjoyed by the Delta Queen that allows this historic steamship with a wooden superstructure to operate despite a 1966 ban on floating hotels made of wood.  The current exemption is expiring in 2008, which led to the steamboat company’s decision to cease operations after November’s sailings.  If the bill becomes law, the Queen can continue to hold court over her mighty waters until 2018.  Want to show your support?  Check out the grassroots effort to save the historic ship at www.save-the-delta-queen.org.

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