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Academy seeks permit to build 'Tidal Nautilus' in Spa Creek

The U.S. Naval Academy has applied for an Army Corps of Engineers permit that would allow construction of a concrete and granite sculpture in Spa Creek as part of its $5.3 million visitors' center.

The "Tidal Nautilus" would contain several chambers that would release cascades of water with the rise and fall of the tide, said academy spokesman Noel Milan.

The "Tidal Nautilus" would replace a 90-foot section of concrete bulkhead near Halsey Field House.

"It's a nautical element, which seems to fit in with the nautical theme of the Naval Academy," Mr. Noel said.

However, Congress and President Clinton have not budgeted any money for the sculpture, and the chances that it will be built are slim, Mr. Noel said.

Construction of the visitors' center -- which would include a theater and souvenir shop -- could begin this fall near the main gates, he said. Tourists now have to walk several blocks to reach the visitors' area, a small section in Ricketts Hall.

More than 2 million visitors tour the Naval Academy each year.

Annapolis man dies in one-car crash

An Annapolis man was killed Monday when he lost control of his Corvette, crashed into a guardrail and overturned on College Parkway, county police reported.

Craig Hook, 30, was driving east on College Parkway near Shore Acres Road at 11:34 p.m. when he tried to stop for a red light. The car skidded through the intersection with Shore Acres Road and passed a car that had just pulled onto College Parkway, police said.

The Corvette struck a guardrail, crossed over the northbound lanes of College Parkway and went through a guardrail before going down an embankment and overturning, police said.

Mr. Hook, of the 400 block of Blossom Tree Road, was thrown from the car and was pronounced dead shortly after the accident, police said.

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