Mayor, LST board meet to discuss keeping ship in Evansville

EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) - Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke met Thursday with board members of the LST 325.

The group took a driving tour of downtown and also viewed the Home Front exhibit at the Evansville Museum of Art, History and Science.

The city is looking to extend the LST's contract, which ends next year, and keep the ship in Evansville.

Mayor Winnecke confirmed that the city is talking with Tropicana casino officials about putting the LST where the riverboat currently sits.

Such a move would be dependent upon approval by the state legislature and Governor Mike Pence to allow land-based gaming in Indiana.

Currently there is no timeline as to when such legislation would go before lawmakers for a vote.

In the meantime, the City is working on plans to better publicize the LST.

EVSC officials have a proposal to make the ship part of the 4th grade curriculum.

The Evansville Museum of Art, History and Science has plans to promote the LST to museum visitors.

The LST board also asked for better signage to direct visitors to the ship.

No decision on the LST's future will be made until the board meets again with officials from Peoria, Illinois, which the other city vying for the ship.

That meeting won't take place for at least a few weeks.

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