Making the vintage amusement park a public events venue and amusement park would take about 10 years and cost
The "elephant in the room" hampering any development plans, he acknowledged, remains a
Proposed changes include the construction of a performing arts center, an exposition center and a new beach club. The long-dormant waterpark would be removed, Turner said, and the amusement park, which houses the historic Blue Streak roller coaster, would be upgraded. A camper area would be expanded.
"We've talked to companies in the area that are trying to recruit (workers from
"But we think we can turn that around," Turner said.
The alliance is taking over park operations from the board of trustees, which resigned
The attorney general's office claimed that the board failed to oversee the park and manage its finances, including not insuring the park's ballroom and beach club, which were destroyed in a fire last August.
Turner's agency is recommending an upfront,
"I think it's doable, but we'll have to see how patient the taxing authorities are right now," Turner said.
In May, the
"I don't think the board has foreclosed any discussion," Joseph said. "However, I think the proposals fall far short of what is really necessary to consider it to be a serious proposal."
Even if the alliance paid
A county judge also has to decide who receives the insurance money.
"I think the board considers a plan to pay over four years, when the taxes have been delinquent nearly 20 years, to be unreasonable to the other taxpayers of the district who have paid their taxes in a timely manner," Joseph said.
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