Lawsuit filed in failed Pavilion side deal

Posted Monday, January 24, 2005 9:22 AM | Contributed by Jeff

The former Myrtle Beach redevelopment vice chairman has been sued over his failed side deal with the former master developer of The Myrtle Beach Pavilion Amusement Park. Restaurateur Jack Divine, representing Bitter End LLC, filed the breach of contract complaint against John Reyelt, his group called Resort Investments Inc. and his attorney Wayne Mumford, who is listed as a nominal defendant.

Read more from The Sun News, as well as a complete history of the Pavilion redevelopment efforts.

Monday, January 24, 2005 4:55 PM
Great news. Now lets just hope some other real estate firm doesn't try to come in and do the same.
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Monday, January 24, 2005 10:22 PM
Am I the only one who sees the irony that the company is called 'Bitter End LLC'?
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Tuesday, January 25, 2005 3:01 AM
One day they'll learn it was all a big mistake and they need to fix down town, not raze the Pavilion. Let's just hope it isn't *after* they raze the Pavilion...

But on that note, I encourage anyone who can to visite this wonderful little park, and the one down the street. While you are down there, let the City Council know how you feel about the subject, and how you feel about the surrounding areas(trust me, if you've never been to downtown MB, you can see right off that it, not the Pavilion, is the reason families don't come down as much).

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Tuesday, January 25, 2005 8:24 AM
Maybe now they can go back to maintaining the Hurricane and make it rideable again! The ride is deplorable! I was there media day and every year since but didn't even bother riding it in '04 after it nearly cracked my spine in '03. My guess is that the Pavilion does not want to put the money into maintaining the Hurricane with the impending move. It's a lawsuit waiting to happen.
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Tuesday, January 25, 2005 10:57 AM
I thought that the Hurricane was nice. Intense and a bit rough, yes, but that's what can make a woodie so great. You don't have any bias, do you?
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Tuesday, January 25, 2005 1:10 PM
A name like "swampfoxer" might imply some bias...

HOWEVER....

I'll concur... Hurricane was rough... VERY rough. Hercules style of rough. The worst part was the helix at the far end that acts like the turn-around... followed by the helix near the end. Sitting on the right side of the train, I thought my ribs were going to be torn away from my sternum during those parts of the ride. Sitting on the left side of the train, this was "tollerable" (then again, I may have had so much nerve damage to my spine by the time I rode on this side that I didn't feel the pain). The snapping of my spine occured at the bottom of the drops where the train leveled out. Left side, right side, it didn't mater for this back breaking action.

Not sure if it is a maintenance issue, or the Gerstlauer (sp) trains that they run. Those little fiber glass things do nothing to smoothout the roughness... they get thrown around by every little bump. Then again, it could be a combination of maintenance and the rolling stock.

The coaster has a great layout... its just bone shattering rough.

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With its future up in the air, my wife and I decided to visit Pavillion last summer. Glad we did.

Good (if rough) coaster, Fun little flume, one of the few "Calypso" type rides around anymore, not to mention a neat dark ride... Haunted Hotel... not too scary... but very well done.

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Want to improve the image of the downtown? Keep the park and bulldoze the surrounding neighborhood! The park was the bright spot in an otherwise unremarkable (and tacky) couple of blocks.*** This post was edited by SLFAKE 1/25/2005 1:13:49 PM ***

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Tuesday, January 25, 2005 4:39 PM
I am not bias at all. Swamp Fox was my first woodie back in 1969, and it is very sentimental for me. I live fairly close to MB so I love having 2 woodies at my favorite beach. I just want the Hurricane to ride like it use to. It use to be very rideable, and re-rideable up until 2003. There is a difference in a "good" rough coaster and a "bad" rough coaster. I was under the impression that the Pavilion decided not to maintain the ride until it's future has been decided.
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Tuesday, January 25, 2005 5:15 PM
They do need to look into some new trains.

I didn't think it was too bad. I had a blast on it, and I just took it as one of the most intense woodies that I have ever been on. I would be very sad to see it go, because I do hit it frequently as well.

Then again, my experience compares the Hurricane to two of Curtis Summers' worst creations - both of which happen to start with the letter P.

I think that the park itself is worth saving. There are so few seaside parks left anymore, with the ability to walk-in at your liesure (not as good as it used to be though) and ride select rides and such. The park has a good lineup of flats, a couple of sweet water rides and, to me, one of the best woodies in the South.

One of the articles did say that the Council wants to move forward and redevelop if possible. I agree with SFLAKE - the area around it (esp. to the south of the Pavilion) is still in the 60's, if anywhere needs to upgrade, that would be the area.

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Tuesday, January 25, 2005 11:32 PM
Yes, by all means, they need to clean up the seedy motels south of the Pavilion. I'm still too scared to walk through there at night by myself. It's pretty rough. Why doesn't their redevelopement plan include those areas I wonder??
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Wednesday, January 26, 2005 3:17 AM
Exactly! I mean, the ocean front hotels are nice, but almost every motel on the Pavilion side of Ocean Blvd form the Pavilion to the Family Kingdom are terrible! They should at least make the hotels clean up, and they should put the middle class to higher class shopping in the umpteen million Beach Bum stores up and down Ocean Blvd. How many jewlry and beach wear shops do you really need in a half mile stretch?

Do that, clean up the boardwalk, and for god's sake, give the Gay Dolphin a face lift, and Down town would be the place to be! Make Mother Fletchers & Freaky Tiki keep their 'photos' out of the front windows, clean up the image, and you have success more than tearing up this park and putting in something no one can afford (who really is going to shop @ Saks Fifth ave? I know they're trying to up their target audience, but the middle class working audience would spend more time down town if they'd just freakin clean it up!).

I can rant about this forever...

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Wednesday, January 26, 2005 11:49 AM
Good job Tekno.

That was my problem with the redevelopment plan, they were in the wrong area. It's a nice area, but a little bit of cleaning up would make it better.

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