The Delta Queen has been given another 90 days to remain moored in Chattanooga, extending its stay beyond a March 31 deadline handed down by the city.

Cornel Martin, chief executive of DQSC Inc., is trying to reach an agreement with Xanterra Parks and Resorts, a Colorado company, to secure the purchase of the historic vessel.

Mayor Andy Berke said in a letter to Hans Desai, a Xanterra vice president, that the city is "happy to [extend the deadline] again while you attempt to close the sale you are presently negotiating."

Bitter winter cold caused pipes to burst on to the Delta Queen, leading to significant damage. It has been closed since mid-February. Leah Ann Ingram, general manager of the floating hotel, said insurance claims are being processed and there's work to be done before it can reopen. "We still don't have an exact operating date yet," she said.

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