Local union launches petition to bring Battleship Texas to Beaumont

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As part of the ongoing long conversation to bring a monument from Texas to Beaumont, a local resident has started a petition.

Since last year, bringing Battleship Texas, currently located at Houston’s San Jacinto Battlefield State Historic Site, to Beaumont has been a topic of conversation at Beaumont City Council meetings.

At his last meeting, Councilman Mike Getz spoke about how citizens have expressed their desire for the museum to come to Beaumont.

“A lot of times when I walk around town, people ask me what’s going on with getting Battleship Texas Beaumont and I tell them it’s progressing and we’re doing what we can here as a city that makes that possible, “Citizens have taken it upon themselves to give citizens a voice and there is now a (petition) that is on change.org.”

The petition”Bring Battleship Texas to Beaumont“, launched by Wilton Johnson, resident of Beaumont, on July 29, obtained 650 signatures in the first week.

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The petition states that Battleship Texas is looking for a new location and that Riverfront Park in Beaumont is a great location.

“Past city councils have expressed a desire for Beaumont to become a ‘place of destination,'” Johnson said in the petition. “With proximity and line of sight to I-10, the Battleship’s docking here will bring tourism and economic growth for local vendors and entrepreneurs.”

Beaumont resident Pam Shelfer commented on the petition, saying it would be a “total win” for the city to have Battleship Texas.

“I think bringing Battleship Texas to Beaumont will be a catalyst for growth in downtown Beaumont,” said Shelander. “People will be willing to stop in Beaumont when traveling on I-10 to visit the battleship. Perhaps they will visit the other museums downtown and have lunch downtown.”

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At a city council meeting last fall, former city manager Kyle Hayes said it could cost up to $10 million to bring the chip to Beaumont.

“There is a company called Lanier. They’re a reputable engineering company that does a lot of work for the Port of Beaumont,” said Hayes. “Their minimum cost to dock the ship was $5.2 million. But they clarified that it could be $5.2-8 million, or $10 million or more. We do not know. This was the main concern because local taxpayers would have to pay for it.

However, these numbers were only an estimate. To get an exact figure, a company like Lanier would have to design the project, which would cost up to an additional $800,000.

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