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Feb 12, 2013 8:03 AM by AP

Lease agreement in works for USS Orleck move

WESTLAKE, La. (AP) - The executive director of the museum ship USS Orleck says he and casino representatives are working on a plan to dock the destroyer next to the Isle of Capri Casino in Westlake.

Ron Williams says the plan is to sublease land between the casino hotel and the Interstate 10 bridge from the casino.

Once the lease is signed, Orleck officials will begin raising money to pay for dockside facilities. Mark Boudreaux, president and CEO of the Orleck Naval Museum, says those could cost $300,000 to $500,000.

Williams says the new location will be more visible and, he hopes, will attract more visitors. He says they're working on an arrangement with the Naval Reserve Center in Shreveport to bring reservists in monthly to work on the ship.

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Information from: American Press, http://www.americanpress.com

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