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Pres. Kennedy's bunker caught in legal battle

Posted at 7:44 AM, Feb 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-29 12:22:18-05

RIVIERA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The bunker where President John F. Kennedy would have been whisked if World War III erupted while he vacationed in Florida now faces a bigger threat than Soviet missiles ever likely posed: a battle between its operators and the Port of Palm Beach.

The once top-secret bunker, code name "Hotel," is now a tourist attraction that is caught in legal crosshairs.

Anthony Miller operates the site for the Palm Beach Maritime Museum. He said the commission has blocked attempts to make the bunker financially stable.

Greg Picken is the port commission's lawyer. He said the port has no intention of razing the bunker, but says the museum's board is in disarray.

Picken said the port plans to get another caretaker when the museum's lease expires next year.