Bell's getting financial help from fair board to move

Posted Wednesday, May 23, 2007 2:58 PM | Contributed by Zingo

The Tulsa Fairgrounds board voted and are willing to pay 215-thousand dollars to help the park move. The money would go to a private company to bring down the Zingo.

Read more and see video from KTUL/Tulsa.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2007 3:55 PM
That's the least they could do. I'm kinda surprised they just didn't say "tough" and buldoze it.

And that was a stellar example of local TV news reporting (eye roll)

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Wednesday, May 23, 2007 4:07 PM
rollergator's avatar Can't HELP but think that the Fair Board (ironic the use of the word "fair", but I'm digressing...again) is trying to alleviate SOME of the damage done to Bell's. Might help to mitigate/eliminate Bell's cause of action in terms of a possible lawsuit...
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Wednesday, May 23, 2007 6:12 PM
Heh, so pointless of them to spend this much when the ride is almost completely gone as of today. I don't understand what Robbie was saying, from the video it looks like they only have the lift left to bring down, and it took them a total of two weeks to do almost all of this, what about the lift is going to take them a whole month? Whatever, at least Bell's is getting something like a little re-payment for the injustices against it.

Now with Zingo secure, the park's future is brighter than ever. I really think the only thing that's kept them from going on with their plans so far is the uncertainty that they could get save Zingo, but now that they have, they should be able to pull forward. I'm thinking that announcement for their 2008 opening isn't far off.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2007 6:12 PM
Just look at a few things here that should bring up some alarms.

1. Bell's has still not stated where they are going to go.

2. They can't afford to pay $200K to remove zingo...............

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Wednesday, May 23, 2007 6:44 PM
http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/article.aspx?articleID=070522_1_A9_Theco53425 in this tulsa world article board member Clark Brewster said, "I'm in full favor of assisting them (Bell's) in any way so that they can restart this in another part of the city."
board member Clark Brewster said, "I'm in full favor of assisting them (Bell's) in any way so that they can restart this in another part of the city." do they plan to move to another part of the city ?
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Wednesday, May 23, 2007 7:27 PM
@Zingo:

They had enough money to move Zingo and the rest of the park well enough, they just didn't want to go over-board and waste loads of money to take down Zingo as fast as the fair board wanted them to. They've got funds, trust me. They were planning on spending over $750,000 for a new ride just in 2007, and don't forget how long they saved up for that woodie that was coming in 2008. Plus, there was a major park refurbishment project that they had saved up for that never was fully completed. So they've got at least a few million easy, and there are plenty of smart investors and others who will be happy to provide much more.

@Chris:

Yeah, they still have their hearts set on Tulsa, for whatever reason. Sand Springs, Catoosa, and Owasso have offered as good or better proposals, but they want to stay in Tulsa if at all possible.

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Thursday, May 24, 2007 6:29 PM
We'll be VERY happy for them to move a little further east...to Nashville. ;)
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