September 2012

Tuesday night (Sept. 11), the New Smyrna Beach council voted 3-2 in favor of pursuing a lease agreement with Wayne Heller which would provide him a space to dock the Delta Queen steamboat if it were relocated to Florida.

Heller still must receive approval from other regulatory entities and finalize the purchase of the vessel.

Stay tuned for more updates on the future of this National Historic Landmark and the last authentic overnight steam-powered paddlewheeler in American history.

Read the full text of the Daytona News-Journal article below.


Wayne Heller is to make his proposal Sept 11 to the New Smyrna Beach council regarding his hopes to purchase the Delta Queen steamboat and relocate it to eastern Florida. City officials have asked him to address about 40 questions related to the possible relocation ranging from “whether the boat will be painted and bottom cleaned on an established schedule to how much parking will be provided at the Causeway site” to concerns over possible navigation impediments that must be assertained by the US Coast Guard and Army Corp of Engineers.

Heller said is still working on purchasing the boat from its current owner, Xanterra Parks and Resorts.

Read more at the link below.