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Coast Guard, city reach accord on museum, academy expansion

Published March 08. 2012 5:48PM   Updated March 08. 2012 5:51PM

New London – Following months of uncertainty, the Coast Guard and the city have agreed to work together to find a location for the National Coast Guard Museum and future Coast Guard Academy expansion within city limits.

The location of both those projects seemed in jeopardy after Adm. Robert J. Papp Jr., the Coast Guard commandant, said in January that the academy would consider locations outside New London for the museum and future academy expansion.

But Papp and Mayor Daryl Justin Finizio met in Washington, D.C., last week and "mutually agreed" that both goals could be realized within New London, according to a release from the mayor's office.

"New London loves the United States Coast Guard," Finizio said in the release. "Our City and the Coast Guard have been community partners for over a century. New London is proud to be the home of one of the nation's four military academies, as well as America's tall ship, barque EAGLE."

Several city sites will be considered for the museum, the release says, and National Coast Guard Museum Association leadership will be in Washington, D.C., later this month to discuss proposals with service officials.

"I am very interested and committed to this National Coast Guard Museum project," Papp said, "Mayor Finizio's pledge to work together on determining a location will help get this project back underway."

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