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October 7, 1992 | RICK HOLGUIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Queen Mary should be dry-docked immediately for repairs to its rusty, leaky hull, according to a new report. The additional $6.2-million expense could jeopardize a City Council proposal to keep the ship in Long Beach. City officials had been optimistic that they could persuade the Harbor Department to pay for $6 million in immediate repairs recommended by Rados International Corp. in a report released in July.
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September 30, 1992 | RICK HOLGUIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Acting to stave off the sale of the Queen Mary, the Long Beach City Council voted Tuesday to begin negotiations to take over the historic ocean liner from the city's Harbor Department. The 7-2 vote, which followed six hours of sometimes heated debate and public testimony, virtually ensures that the ship will remain in Long Beach for the foreseeable future, city and harbor officials said.
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September 29, 1992 | RICK HOLGUIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A majority of Long Beach's harbor commissioners favor selling the Queen Mary, but today the group will offer to turn the ocean liner over to the City Council--probably the last hope of keeping the ship in the city. The Board of Harbor Commissioners agreed Monday in a closed session to make the offer to the City Council before accepting a $20-million bid from an investment group that wants to move the ship to Hong Kong, according to a source close to the negotiations.
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September 25, 1992
Members of the county Historical Landmarks and Records Commission agreed Thursday to notify the state that the Queen Mary appears eligible for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places. Los Angeles County and the Board of Supervisors have no power to officially nominate the ship--owned by the Long Beach Harbor Department and managed by the Walt Disney Co.--for historical recognition from the federal government.
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September 23, 1992
Long Beach City Auditor Robert E. Fronke has concluded that the Walt Disney Co. has done its part to maintain the Queen Mary, which is badly rusted and needs as much as $27 million in repairs and maintenance. Fronke said that his findings, which were reported to a City Council committee on Tuesday, were based on a review of documents and other information dating back to 1989.
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September 9, 1992
Long Beach officials on Tuesday narrowed down the list of proposals for the Queen Mary to six--one to operate the ocean liner where it is now moored and five to buy the vessel and move it out of the city. The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners rejected 12 proposals to buy or operate the ship because they were not accompanied with a $100,000 bond, a requirement imposed by harbor officials to weed out spurious offers.
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August 26, 1992 | RICK HOLGUIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Long Beach has received 13 proposals to buy the Queen Mary--including one that would return the ship to its original port in England--and five other offers to run the city-owned tourist attraction where it is moored, officials said Tuesday. At least eight of the proposals would move the ship to other countries, including Japan and Canada, said Steven Dillenbeck, director of the city's Harbor Department, which has jurisdiction over the Queen Mary.
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August 25, 1992 | RICK HOLGUIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An insurance consultant Monday concurred with an earlier opinion that the Queen Mary needs millions of dollars in immediate repairs and improvements to make it safe for tourists and employees. The risk management division of consultant Towers Perrin also recommended that the city of Long Beach or the vessel's operator carry at least $20 million of coverage to protect against huge losses should there be a disaster on the ocean liner.
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August 15, 1992 | RICK HOLGUIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Long Beach and Walt Disney Co. officials were advised in 1990 that the Queen Mary ocean liner is so rusted in some areas that its hull could spring a leak, flooding the lower portions of the vessel and possibly trapping employees and tourists, according to city documents. No action has been taken to correct the problem because of the cost and disagreements over who is responsible for the work, according to officials and city documents.
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August 5, 1992
Long Beach voters will be asked whether they want to allow gambling in or around the Queen Mary ship, which is in danger of being mothballed. The City Council, in a 5-4 vote Tuesday, agreed to send the issue to the voters in November. The council majority agreed with a consultant's report that the ocean liner can only be profitable if the city allows a card casino. Opponents of the plan said a card casino would tarnish the city's reputation.
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