Florida governor blocks $250K grant for USS Orleck

Ship expected to move to its permanent location in Jacksonville in 3 to 6 months

The News4JAX Sky 4 drone captures an image of the USS Orleck. (Copyright 2022 by WJXT News4Jax - All rights reserved.)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – State money that would have gone to help the USS Orleck naval museum prepare for its permanent home has sunk.

On Thursday, News4JAX reported on how the Orleck planned on using the money for the repairs to the pier where it will be permanently docked. Earlier this year, the Florida Legislature approved a $250,000 grant for the work. Now, Gov. Ron DeSantis has blocked that measure.

News4JAX checked with the Orleck museum board and was told that it’s not concerned. The museum has funding coming in from other private sources that will cover the cost.

The Orleck is expected to move to its permanent location in three to six months. There’s no word whether the action by the governor will delay that.

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