If it will cost $10 million to bring the Battleship Texas to Beaumont, that’s way too much, especially because it’s not clear the ship will ever generate the kind of revenue it needs to sustain and justify its presence on the riverfront.

That’s the estimate provided to the council by City Manager Kyle Hayes in a recent workshop meeting. And as Hayes pointed out, that doesn’t even include other potential costs, such as putting in a gift shop as requested by the Battleship Texas Foundation as well as a parking lot and possibly a museum.

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