Hotels anxiously await the return of Cypress Gardens

Posted Friday, January 2, 2004 10:14 AM | Contributed by Jeff

While local officials negotiate the finer points of the deal that will put Cypress Gardens in the hands of Wild Adventure's owner, local hotels are anxious to get the park back in operation. Area lodging is down since the park ceased operations.

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Saturday, January 3, 2004 4:09 PM
"But for Jeff Vandiver, who runs the Admiral's Inn next door, it's a no-brainer. Bring it on, Vandiver said, noise and all"

Now that's an neighbor's attitude I like to hear!

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Sunday, January 4, 2004 2:31 AM
"There needs to be new life brought to the Gardens, and if Kent Buescher can do that, more power to him. We may even let him put a roller coaster in our parking lot," Vandiver said.

His attitude gets even better with that statement. :)

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Monday, January 5, 2004 9:07 AM
Winter Haven is an interesting little town if you have never been there. Their economy is dependent on oranges and tourism. The Cleveland Indians make this town their Spring Training home but the local government has been less than friendly in its dealings with the ballclub.

What is interesting is that the city government seems to do the exact opposite of what its businesses or residents want. The businesses and residents would like to see the Indians stay in the area and would like Cypress Gardens to live. The government seems to not care either way.

Backwoods government if you ask me.

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Monday, January 5, 2004 10:44 AM
There have been a number of times that the Tribe has considered moving its spring training. The news up here at least portrays the town in a panic when that happens.
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