Friday, August 24, 2007

Bible Park -

I went to the YMCA and viewed the broadcast of WGNS's Smyrna Radio show.

I asked a few questions during commercials, and a few specifics were answered.

The main confusion with many is the type of park that he wants to build. Many have in their head an image of an amusement park. Roller coasters, Ferris wheels, and bumper cars. While these are the norm for amusement parks, what Armon Bar-Tur is building is a theme park. A good example of a theme park is Cannonsburgh in Murfreesboro. With the theme of the Bible, they are going to have a real working Canaanite village, plus many more historical sections.

Also included will be an Imax theatre with a special extended screen that folds all the way under you. Their plan is that you "fly" around the middle east to see the Pyramids, Babylon and the sites of the Holy Land.

I asked how many people it would employ. Armon said it would start with about 200 full time up to 250 when fully running. It will also employ 1000 part time seasonal workers.

One person called into the show and asked about "skyline pollution". With no Ferris wheels or roller coasters, this will not be a real problem.

He also answered the big issue. Taxes and the possible financial liability of the county. For the most part he did answer the question. I'm still leery about any connections between a private business and government taxes, but it's not worthy of me coming out against the park.

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