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Coast Guard commandant champions Connecticut museum for maritime service

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HARTFORD, Connecticut — As commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, Adm. Robert Papp Jr. has made it a priority to develop a national museum dedicated to the maritime service.

After years of discussion, developers have committed to a location in New London. But the project still has a long way to go to raise enough money for the $80 million museum.

A ceremonial groundbreaking is planned for May 2 so that Papp can be recognized before he retires on May 30.

John Johnson, treasurer of the National Coast Guard Museum Association, says the fundraising effort that began in June has raised nearly $300,000. He says he isn't daunted by the task of raising tens of millions of dollars and is now focusing on corporate sponsors.

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