UWF reports that the sinking of the USS Oriskany has been a major revenue generator for dive shops in Escambia and Baldwin Counties. The shops have led over 4200 chartered dive trips to the site of the now sunken ship which has earned them 3.6 million dollars.
This is good new for the local economy, but how long will it take to pay for the sinking of the ship. That operation wasn’t cheap. The tax revenue from the dives is probably just a drop in the bucket.
The proprietors of the dive shops can thank Uncle Sam for picking up the tab on that expense.