The Wichita City Council won’t debate today whether to refurbish the Jayhawk USA 9, the 70-foot yacht related to Bill Koch’s successful 1992 bid to win the America’s Cup. The agenda item was pulled Monday, to allow more review and discussion. But whenever it comes to the council, it should be an easy call: The needed $150,000 is available to repair the yacht out of Koch’s original donation, and it makes sense to fix it while the Wichita Boathouse is closed and the rest of the area is under construction for WaterWalk. Even if the council members inexplicably think they can’t make a decision now on the Boathouse, they can protect the value of what’s become a proud landmark on the Boathouse’s lawn.
Posted by Rhonda Holman
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