When the city of Long Beach acquired Queen Mary in 1967 the plan was to turn the historic liner into the centerpiece of a waterfront development project. That never happened. As the liner’s management passed from company to company, Queen Mary was marketed at various times as a hotel, museum, theme park attraction and events center. The liner’s surrounding 55 acres were eventually covered by kitschy gift shops and car parks, hardly a suitable setting for the great liner.
Over the past year or so there has been a renewed interest in fulfilling the original 1967 strategy for preserving Queen Mary. The Long Beach Business Journal reports that potential land uses were discussed recently at a meeting of the 12-member Queen Mary Land Development Task Force, appointed by Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia to be the voice of local stakeholders in identifying preferred development alternatives for the property.
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