Cornball Express still OK by local officials

Posted Wednesday, September 24, 2003 4:57 AM | Contributed by Jeff

The Indiana Beach roller coaster Cornball Express -- the subject of two lawsuits -- was deemed "acceptable" for the second time by White County officials Tuesday evening. The local zoning board approved the ride last year and hasn't changed its position.

Read more from The Journal and Courier.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2003 5:19 AM
Wow - I'm shocked that for once, common sense and not frivilous lawsuits won the day! Perhaps this country is taking a turn for the better ...
I really need to get my butt to Indiana before I lose the right to call myself an enthusiast ...

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Wednesday, September 24, 2003 5:46 AM
Actually, they usually do. It's just that the stupid stuff makes better press.
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Wednesday, September 24, 2003 5:47 AM
Hard to believe that residents could think for one minute that the park did not get appropriate planning permission for such a large investment. Looks to me like the residents were trying for an out of court settlement from the park, hoping that they would want to avoid any negative publicity. It appears that the park has called their bluff. Good for them.

Besides, claiming that you've got the Cornball express as a back-yard coaster is a pretty good selling point for a property if you ask me! Some people are just soooo ungrateful ;-)

All the best.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2003 6:00 AM
I agree with BeyondOblivion, having Corni as my back yard coaster would excite me to no end since it is without a doubt wooden coaster genious and not to mention airtime heaven. I dare you to find another coaster shorterthan 2500 that has 3 of the best moments of airtime in coaster existance.
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Wednesday, September 24, 2003 6:07 AM
Actually, they didn't have permission. The ride was built in 2001 but the zoning variance wasn't granted until 2002, so they got lucky.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2003 6:38 AM
Coasterkid16: Uhhh, that would be Big Chief's Cyclops--which at 1900 feet, delivers air in its first hour that CE can't match till after dark. But hey, they're both fantastic.

I don't see why this couple doesn't just throw a couple mobile homes in the yard and RENT their place out. Most every neighbor does...

-'Playa

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Wednesday, September 24, 2003 6:47 AM
I can think of at least one other park that built a ride without a zoning variance....;)
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Wednesday, September 24, 2003 6:58 AM
I know of one...SFMW and their neutered (Semi)Vertical Velocity. It got cut and couldn't get it back up. Perhaps it needs to get a new sponsor...Viagra, perhaps? ;)

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Wednesday, September 24, 2003 7:24 AM
Maybe if the sisters actually lived in their house more than a few days a year (instead of Florida) they would have seen the zoning changes posted......
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Wednesday, September 24, 2003 4:05 PM
He said Coaster Playa (hey thats your name ;)) not half a coaster ;)

While Cyclops has the most extreme air on the planet, thats all the ride is.

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Thursday, September 25, 2003 3:42 AM
*sighs* Ok, gonna have to reverse my earlier statement! :-) It's hard to believe that a park would be daft enough to make such a large investment without first OBTAINING the appropriate planning permission. Sounds like there was a bit of luck involved (well, for the park and us coaster enthusiasts, anyway!).

As for the coaster's impact on the surrounding neighbourhood, well you know what they say: if it's too loud, you're too old!!! :-D Just kidding, it is a pity if the residents have genuine cause for a grievance and are not just part of the "not in my backyard" brigade.

All the best.
*** This post was edited by BeyondOblivion 9/25/2003 7:44:39 AM ***

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Thursday, September 25, 2003 7:24 AM
Poodle Boy: Have you popped a tire from your head? Of COURSE a 1900 foot coaster feels too short. It's got some great twisting air before The Drop, you know. Not much after it--but how the heck would you follow that up?

-'Playa
(who's a fan of the second-best CCI too)

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Thursday, September 25, 2003 7:42 AM
How they would want to even think about challenging a coaster as good as CE is beyone me. They must not have ridden it. ;)

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Thursday, September 25, 2003 10:39 AM
CPlaya says 'Not much after it--but how the heck would you follow that up? '

With a mad dash through the woods back to the station. But they all can't be the Raven, can they? ;)

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Saturday, September 27, 2003 11:20 AM
NEXT TIME RESARCH THE FACTS CORRECTLY! Cornball Express is 55 feet tall which still requires a zoning permit,yes. And it's 2,262 feet to the person who said 1,900.
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Sunday, September 28, 2003 1:49 PM
Actually Cornball is closer to 80 feet tall, and Cyclops is 1900 feet long and thats what we were talking about.

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