Tuesday, April 24, city leaders of New Smyrna Beach, FL declined to extend the short term lease agreement requested by investor Wayne Heller which would have allowed him a docking place for his plans to purchase and relocate the steamboat Delta Queen. Instead the city will accept other proposals and after a vetting process the City Commission would vote on a lease agreement for the site in December. Heller had wanted to relocate the Delta Queen by June 1. Heller says he still hopes to purchase the historic vessel.

Click the links below to read the recent newpaper accounts:

Daytona Beach News-Journal, April 25, 2012

Daytona Beach News-Journal, April 26, 2012

Stay tuned for further developments.