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SenateBill Number: 50Primary Sponsor: RoseCommittee Number: 08Type of Legislation: GBSubject: Patriots' Point Naval and Maritime MuseumResiding Body: SenateComputer Document Number: 50Introduced Date: Jan 08, 1991Last History Body: SenateLast History Date: Feb 07, 1991Last History Type: Referred to CommitteeScope of Legislation: StatewideAll Sponsors: RoseType of Legislation: General Bill
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TO AMEND CHAPTER 1, TITLE 51, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE SOUTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF PARKS, RECREATION AND TOURISM, SO AS TO TRANSFER THE PATRIOT'S POINT NAVAL AND MARITIME MUSEUM FROM THE CONTROL OF THE PATRIOT'S POINT DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY TO THE DEPARTMENT OF PARKS, RECREATION AND TOURISM, AND TO DEFINE WHAT COMPOSES THE MUSEUM.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. Chapter 1, Title 51 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:
"Section 51-1-65. Ownership and control of the Patriot's Point Naval and Maritime Museum is transferred from the Patriot's Point Development Authority to the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism. This museum is composed of the real property under and adjacent to the six naval ships and of the real property being used for the operation of the museum, gift shop, and adjacent parking area operated by the authority, including any buildings located on this property.
This real property is described generally as a piece of property whose boundary on the north is the southernmost boundary of the property currently leased by the authority to the South Carolina Department of Youth Services; whose boundary on the east is the current paved road on the property; whose boundary on the south is a line set forth in a survey by E.M. Seabrook, Jr., dated May 5, 1989, which delineates the separation of the ship area from the partially constructed hotel on land owned by the authority as designated in the survey; and whose boundary on the west is Charleston Harbor. This museum property also includes the two islands which are identified as area J and area I on the plat prepared by E.M. Seabrook, Jr., dated May 5, 1989. The museum also includes six United States naval vessels: the Yorktown, Laffey, Savannah, Clamagore, Ingham, and Comanche. Also included in the museum is the tract of roughly 36.18 acres of land which is designated as parcel C on the plat prepared by E.M. Seabrook, Jr., dated May 5, 1989."
SECTION 2. Section 51-1-60 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding appropriately numbered subitems to read:
"( ) The commission is instructed to continue to develop and operate a national naval museum of ships, naval and maritime equipment, artifacts, books, manuscripts, art, and historical materials for the education and enjoyment of the people of our nation and to instill in them a knowledge of our naval and maritime history and of the importance of sea power to our economy and defense. In order to enable the commission to carry out the purposes of the museum, the commission may acquire, construct, maintain, equip and operate docks, ships, piers, quays, and other structures and any and all facilities needed for the convenient use of them, including the dredging of approaches thereto, and the construction of roads and highways thereon, and bridges and causeways necessary for use thereof, including a marina, except these piers, ships, docks, quays, or similar structures shall be used exclusively for fulfilling the educational, recreational, and tourist missions of the museum and shall not be used for any active ocean-going cargo or passenger vessels.
( ) To accept funds, other assets, and services from Charleston County and municipalities located therein, the State of South Carolina and any other person or organization, and to use them in such manner, within the purposes of the commission, as shall be stipulated by the county or the State in any matter coming within the general purposes of the commission regarding the national naval museum."
SECTION 3. Section 51-13-760 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:
"Section 51-13-760. The authority is created as an instrumentality of the State for the accomplishment of the following general purposes, all or any of them, which are intended to broaden and not to restrict any other powers given to it in this article, namely:
(1) To develop and improve the Patriot's Point area to provide a place of education and recreation to foster among the people pride and patriotism in our nation and its heritage;
(2) To establish and develop a National Naval Museum of ships, naval and maritime equipment, artifacts, books, manuscripts, art and historical materials for the education and enjoyment of the people of our nation and to instill in them a knowledge of our naval and maritime history; and of the importance of sea power to our economy and defense;
(3) (2) To foster and stimulate national and international travel to and participation in the development of Patriot's Point, by acquiring, constructing, equipping and maintaining museum buildings, seaquariums and laboratories, public exhibits and entertainment facilities, historical monuments and sites; and providing lodging and accommodations for travelers by land or water to Patriot's Point;
(4) (3) To cooperate with the State of South Carolina and the United States of America, and any agency or any department, corporation or instrumentality thereof, in the maintenance, development, improvement and use of Patriot's Point and all its functions;
(5) (4) To accept funds, other assets and services from Charleston County and municipalities located therein and the State of South Carolina, and to use them in such manner, within the purposes of the authority, as shall be stipulated by the county or the State in any matter coming within the general purposes of the authority;
(6) (5) To act as agent for the United States of America, or any agency, department, corporation or instrumentality thereof, in any matter coming within the purposes of the authority;
(7) (6) In general to do and perform any act or function which may tend to or be useful toward the development and improvement of Patriot's Point."
SECTION 4. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.