PRESS ADVISORY[wpcol_1half id=”” class=”” style=””] For Immediate Release
February 8, 2012
361-888-4873 Ext. 307
[/wpcol_1half] [wpcol_1half_end id=”” class=”” style=””] For More Information:
Debbie Crites, Marketing Director
CORPUS CHRISTI, TX – January 23, 1992…”The Lex is landed”. Because of Corpus Christi’s long and proud history with the Navy, and naval aviation in particular, community leaders formed a task force in 1990 to bring the retiring USS Lexington to Corpus Christi to serve as a Museum. After a yearlong competition with four other cities the historic aircraft carrier, USS LEXINGTON, was awarded to the City of Corpus Christi. Joe Jessel, Chairman of Landing Force 16, stated, “We were up against some big guns in the project. Somewhere in my heart of hearts, I knew from the beginning…that we would win.” The City agreed to sell $3 million in certificates of obligation for the Lexington project.
Lexington spent a few months at Naval Station Ingleside before being towed to its’ permanent berth on Corpus Christi Beach. It opened in October 1992 and was formally dedicated on November 14, 1992.
Twenty years later, and nearly seven million visitors later, many from the original task force along with the current Board of Directors, and staff will present the Corpus Christi Mayor and City Council with the final bond payment.
WHAT: USS Lexington Final Bond Payment Presentation
WHERE: City Council Chambers
WHEN: Tuesday, February 14, 2012 – 10:30 am