DIA Takes Another Step To Bring USS Orleck To Downtown Jacksonville

Jan 16, 2020

The Downtown Investment Authority continues to support setting up a naval warship museum in Jacksonville.

WJCT News partner the Jacksonville Daily Record reports the DIA board unanimously approved a resolution Jan. 15 to enter a one-year development agreement with the Jacksonville Historic Naval Ship Association Inc.

The association would relocate the USS Orleck DD-886 to Pier No. 1 at the Shipyards near TIAA Bank Field.

If the nonprofit meets the terms, the resolution gives DIA staff the authority to negotiate a 10-year licensing agreement to dock the museum warship in the St. Johns River with two five-year renewal options.

This could make the Orleck a Downtown attraction for 20 years.

An expanded version of this story that includes financial details, the USS Orleck’s current status and some of its history is in an expanded version of this story at JaxDailyRecord.com.