Effort to bring aircraft carrier to Maine snags

Posted Sept. 14, 2010, at 6:26 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — Some members of the Portland City Council are speaking against a proposal to bring the retired aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy to Maine where it would become a floating museum.

The council did not take a vote on the proposal at its Monday meeting, but several city leaders, including Mayor Nicholas Mavadones Jr., spoke against the idea.

The Portland Press Herald quotes Councilor Dory Waxman as saying the vessel is “just too big.”

Portland is one of two finalists to be given control of the 1,052-foot ship, which was decommissioned three years ago. The other is in Rhode Island.

Richard Fitzgerald of the USS John Kennedy Museum says if Portland doesn’t take the ship, the Navy will sell it for scrap.

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