Maine group advances
in the Navy competition
as it attempts to bring
the USS JFK as a museum
Two Maine groups have passed the first test in its effort to bring the decommissioned aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy to Portland Harbor as a museum.
Three groups submitted initial applications, according to the Navy, and two advanced to the second phase of the process.
One is Maine-based JFK for ME, which has formed a nonprofit organization called the USS John F. Kennedy Museum to pursue the carrier. The identity and location of the second group are unknown, and the Navy is not releasing any information, citing the competitive process.
The initial application, about 25 pages long, addressed the Navy’s questions and concerns, said Dana Slipp, one of the Maine group’s founders. It included a letter of support from the city of Portland, drafted after a 9-0 City Council vote.
“They know we understand the complexity and enormity of bringing a ship like this to Portland,” Slipp said.
The group has until next February to complete its proposal, which will have to include many more details, including a business plan that addresses marketing, income sources, museum plans, waterfront facilities and environmental considerations.
Click on the link for the rest of today’s story by Matt Wickenheiser of the Portland Press Herald.