Peoria City Councilwoman Visits LST Ship in Evansville

Published 06/08 2014 11:03PM

Updated 06/09 2014 06:46AM

EVANSVILLE, IN -Sizing up the competition.  

A Peoria City Councilmember takes a tour of the LST 325 in Evansville, Indiana, as the river city waits to make a deal on the historic World War II vessel.

The city is eyeing the world war two ship to dock on Peoria's riverfront and the deadline to make a deal is approaching.
LST Board Member Chris Donahue didn't expect to see Peoria City Councilwoman Beth Akeson in his tour group today.
Akeson didn't make her presence known when she first stepped on the LST and she didn't know the same man who told Peoria to step their game up two weeks ago would be leading the tour.
After the tour, the councilwoman says Peoria indeed needs to step their game up if they are seriously looking to add the LST as an attraction.
Akeson says she was very impressed with the continuity, cleanliness, and attention to detail on Evansville's riverfront.
 Akeson says Peoria's riverfront could use some work, and she is not convinced the proposed location of the LST is ideal.
Councilwoman Beth Akeson says, "In general, I'm leaning towards let’s spend our money to improve the lives of people who live in Peoria and down the road we can perhaps look to bring in more attractions to our city."
Donahue says he was very impressed to see Akeson travel from Peoria to tour the LST.
He says it makes him feel like Akeson is taking her vote seriously.
The Peoria city council is expected to vote on whether to make a bid on the LST on June 24th.

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