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Delta Queen given deadline to vacate

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The Delta Queen's time in the Scenic City has come to an end. 

The historic vessel built in the 1900s traveled from Cincinnati in 2009 but recently received firm orders from Mayor Andy Berke to leave. 

Signed documents reveal the river boat has until September 30th to relocate. They city will charge the owners $100 a day past the end of the month deadline or tow it away. 

The Delta Queen is also behind paying rent and is considered by some to block the beautiful view of the downtown area.

"It's beginning to become a distraction. It's tired and worn and there are many that believe it is a distraction from the view of Coolidge Park," Bob Doak with the Convention and Visitors Bureau says.

Mayor Berke said in a statement:

"We are proud of our spectacular waterfront and are working to improve it for citizens and visitors alike, as evidenced by Mayor Berke's letter earlier this summer to the Army Corps of Engineers regarding the nearby dilapidated barge. Unfortunately, the Delta Queen has fallen behind on its rent payments, and we have received complaints from citizens that the vessel detracts from the riverfront by blocking the beautiful view from Coolidge Park toward downtown. We wish the Delta Queen well and will continue to work with its owners during this time of transition."

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