- Associated Press - Friday, December 26, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A replica of the Santa Maria that was removed from the riverfront in Ohio’s capital remains dismantled in storage as a group hoping to reinstate the vessel tries to come up with a fundraising plan to make that happen.

The 23-year-old replica of Christopher Columbus’ flagship was removed from the Scioto (sy-OH’-tuh) River earlier this year because of a riverfront renovation project. Its potential return depends on a nonprofit group raising $1 million for repairs, and so far those talks haven’t progressed.

The Columbus Dispatch (https://bit.ly/143IUrO ) reports the city isn’t expected to consider using tax money to help reinstate the ship unless the group raises enough private money.

The executive director of Columbus Santa Maria Inc. says there are new negotiations, but the ship’s future remains uncertain.

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Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, https://www.dispatch.com

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