BB Riverboats says dock plan not in best spot

Boats dock at the Cincinnati Public Landing for the first day of Tall Stacks in 1999.

BB Riverboats says the idea of building a boat dock and marina at the Cincinnati Public Landing would prevent riverboat paddle wheelers like the American Queen from docking there.

Cincinnati Board of Park Commissioners unanimously agreed at a Nov. 19 meeting to move ahead with the public-private concept presented by Queen City Riverboats.

The park board's estimated share of the project will be $1.7 million, according to the meeting minutes.

The project, talked about since 2015, relies on a $1.5 million from a state grant that flowed from the federal government. The park board has received a deadline extension earlier this year until June 30, 2023, to finish the boat dock or face paying back some of the money.

The concept calls for a 30 to 40 boat slip dock, bar and restaurant, restrooms with showers, relocating Queen City's "headboat" from Dayton, Kentucky, and include public dock and fireboat access, according to the park board.

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