And now, nearly a year later, Port O' Call has been torn down and the lot is standing idle waiting for federal money to build it.
Documents obtained by ABC 4 show that so far, the government has sunk more than 40 million dollars into the project.
And it's now seeking 211 million more.
But wait there's more.
Because Port O' Call is now out of business, that means the city, county and state no longer get its considerable tax money.
Port O' Call's owner tells ABC 4 that his business used to pay more than $300,000 in annual local taxes - money that is sorely needed in these tough times.
And that doesn't take into account the taxes the employees paid, nor the revenue from the monies they continued to cycle through the Utah economy.