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We believe that out supporters need to know how we are approaching the Harbors Division so we are including a copy of the cover letter below that went with the plan.
Friends of FaIIs of Clyde is pleased to submit the enclosed plan of preservation that we believe you will find acceptable as it brings a definite timeline for the future of our National Historic Landmark Falls of Clyde. The future of Falls of Clyde is being approached from two different perspectives by our respective organizations. The mission of Friends of FaIIs of Clyde is based upon our fiduciary responsibility to preserve the ship. DOT-Harbors's position is to remove the ship from the harbor.
In the current plan, we provide support for our position that the ship does not provide a safety concern in the harbor. At some point in time, should you provide us with detail about a specific safety concern, we will most certainly work to remedy it.
Your July 25, 2016 e-mail stated that "A plan that simply requests additional time to seek grants and funds is not acceptable." Our plan does, in fact, include our need to continue to raise funds to get the ship into drydock. As we have communicated previously, we believe the ship must go into drydock before she can be·moved safely out of the harbor. Under your position, when the time comes to move the ship out of the harbor, we assume you want to make sure it can be done safely. This means that fundraising must be part of the plan.
The opportunity to submit this plan gives us hope that Friends of Falls of Clyde and DOT Harbors can work together to meet our diverse, but complementary, goals that Falls of Clyde will
be in a safe condition before her future is finally determined. We have included a timeline that has measurable milestones each month and we will provide reports to the Harbors Division if needed.