The crew on the LST 325 is now waiting for Evansville to come back with a contract to move the World War II ship down river.
The LST 325 Board met on Tuesday after the Evansville City Council voted Monday night to approve almost $3 million to build a new dock and visitor center where the Tropicana riverboat once sat. According to the crew, details are being finalized between the LST, the city, and Tropicana.
Board members say they’re shell-shocked but happy the move is finally happening. LST 325 officials hope the ship will be in its new home downriver by July 2019.
“All the sudden, land-based gaming. ‘Oh gosh, wow. What are we gonna do?'” said LST 325 Board Member Chris Donahue. “So it’s been a lot of fun and finally seeing the fruits of our labor.”
The warship is preparing for its annual cruise. It will leave on Thursday, August 16, for a week-long trip to Iowa.
(This story was originally published August 14, 2018)