NIMBY Strikes again! Thunder Eagle will not be rebuilt

Wednesday, August 30, 2006 1:41 PM
It was announced today that a judge rejected the demands of MSSI Inc. owners of skiing resorts and 2 waterparks. They wanted to build a small amusement park next to their small Cascades D'eau waterpark.

They bought a carousel, bumper cars, go-karts, observation tower and the Thunder Eagle wooden coaster (it came from a defunct park in Pigeon Forge, TN) and wanted to install them in 2003. Unfortunately, the citizens of Piedmont, the small village the park is in protested, arguing it would be too noisy and "too high", as a zoning law passed by the city doesn't allow any buildings that are more than 30 feet tall.

Never mind the facts: the water park already has a water slide tower that is 90 feet tall and that the water park is right next to an highway, without anyone living close to it! MSSI took them to court and the judge rejected. Also, what's interesting is that the leader of the citizens of the city that protested against it became mayor after!

Rumors are saying that MSSI is looking at installing the park somewhere else. If I was them, I'd close the Cascades D'eau waterpark too. Its fledging at best and only does 80000-90000 visitors a year. Let the village deal with the hole in their budget. *** Edited 8/30/2006 5:45:34 PM UTC by Absimilliard***

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Wednesday, August 30, 2006 2:22 PM
This decision is at least a year old.

Im sure even if they don't have a place to put it. Someone does for the right price.

Chuck

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Wednesday, August 30, 2006 2:24 PM
To correct my response. The town or whatever lowered its zoning height limits before they put in a request for a work permit.

The only way they could have built the coaster is if they started the lift 30ft underground.

Chuck

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Wednesday, August 30, 2006 4:06 PM
I should have been clearer... this is the decision of "the superior court", the highest court level in Quebec. Unless they go all the way up to Canada's supreme court, they can't do anything about it now. Last year, they were in a lower court level and they were judged against.
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Wednesday, August 30, 2006 4:11 PM

Absimilliard said:Never mind the facts: the water park already has a water slide tower that is 90 feet tall and that the water park is right next to an highway, without anyone living close to it!

(snip)Rumors are saying that MSSI is looking at installing the park somewhere else. If I was them, I'd close the Cascades D'eau waterpark too. Its fledging at best and only does 80000-90000 visitors a year. Let the village deal with the hole in their budget.


Couldn't have said it better myself. Waterpark, rides park, and tax dollars are better used in a more "family-friendly" neighbourhood.

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Wednesday, August 30, 2006 4:12 PM
Is that coaster even 30 feet tall?

I rode it in Pigeon Forge and it was mind-bogglingly dull. Not worth $5 that's fer sure.

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Wednesday, August 30, 2006 4:24 PM
IMO, the best 30 foot tall wooden coaster is only an hour's drive from where I live. It is Rollo Coaster at Idlewild Park. Many have referred to this ride as a miniature Boulder Dash.

Rollo Coaster is also an ACE Classic.

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Wednesday, August 30, 2006 4:30 PM
^ I didn't know that anyone had called Rollo Coaster "mini-BD", but that's EXACTLY what I thought after a couple of night rides....that thing kicks BUTT! Crazy twisting double-down...on a KIDDIE coaster? :)
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Wednesday, August 30, 2006 6:10 PM
Thats Jr Woodie.

What some have called you Gator :)

Chuck

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