Three months after the Pickwick Belle riverboat’s trial run in Decatur, no decision has been made whether Decatur will become the new home of the Tennessee-based attraction.The Decatur-Morgan County Convention and Visitors’ Bureau has been trying to court the Belle away from Florence. Bureau President Tami Reist said she plans to meet with the riverboat company this month.
“We’re hoping to hear some positive feedback from them soon,” Reist said. “Tanya Irwin (Pickwick Belle’s marketing director) attended the opening of the Ingalls Harbor pavilion last month and seemed very excited about the possibilities.”
The riverboat held cruises, launching from Ingalls Harbor, from mid-August to mid-September to gauge interest from the Decatur area. All cruises either sold out or came close to capacity, Reist said.
The 90-foot-long paddle boat is scheduled to stop in Decatur again in May for a lunch cruise chartered by Daikin-America, according to Pickwick Belle’s website. Irwin did not return calls for comment Wednesday.
TIFFENY OWENS, The Decatur Daily