DAVENPORT---The gears of an old idea may start to turn again on the Mississippi River.
According to a report from the Des Moines Register newspaper, Viking River Cruises is renewing interest in river city stopes on Burlington, Dubuque and Davenport.
Davenport Mayor Frank Klipsch says a representative from the company has already reached out to him to express interest in the project.
“We’re open, I think that’s important to keep an open mind and see what might develop,” says Klipsch.
The ball was supposed to start rolling in 2015, but a federal law prohibits international companies from operating in American waterways.
“(Viking River Cruises) were not able to meet that criteria. Recently, which I just heard at the rivers city and towns initiative they may have found a way to charter a boat here in the United States,” says Klipsch.
But there are still a lot of unsewered questions, Klipsch says the cruise line could be worked into the city’s riverfront development but what’s needed, and the costs still have to e worked out.
Further discussions on the project have not been set yet.