Preserve or restore is the question faced by most establishments that have classic cars in their custody. This is the issue being encountered by the National Corvette Museum owing to the natural disaster engineered sinkhole opened last February in the middle.
The museum initially had planned to keep the sinkhole open as a memorial after the damage was meted out by disaster or a part of it, to attract visitors who would see what had actually occurred.
Sadly the Museum found out that the money intended to keep the hole open is more than the cost of closing it. To add to it the earlier estimate of $500, 000 for preserving the area where the sinkhole is located, simply rose to a phenomenal $1 million eventually. Unbelievable, is not it?
There is more to it, in spite of the museum having the funds to preserve the portion which is visible the sinkhole would still need steel beams, 35-feet retaining wall and more reinforcements and the humidity level required to neutralize the vapor emanating from the hole itself. The point defeats itself due to these hence the board of directors decided to fill the hole by voting in favor of that in the quarterly meeting.