Board member said major donations needed to keep project going

Published: Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 05:06 PM.

Songer said the museum is too important to the future of Jacksonville to let go. He said 500,000 people each year visit a similar museum for the Army in Fayetteville and more than a 1 million people annually visit the Pine Knoll Shores Aquarium.

The Museum of the Marine would mean those kinds of numbers to Jacksonville tourism once it is built, he said.

He told the tourism authority that if they didn’t raise significant funds within a year, the project was hopeless.

Jacksonville Mayor Pro Tem Mike Lazzara said the importance of a fully functional museum couldn’t be overstated.

He said the museum board had good momentum when it began its funding journey, but several adverse things have happened, including the national economic downturn, a string of deployments and attention shifting to the national Marine museum in Quantico, Va. 

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