Santa Cruz planning officials reject Double Shot

Posted Wednesday, January 21, 2004 7:49 AM | Contributed by supermandl

A Santa Cruz Planning Commission majority has rejected the Seaside Co.’s proposal for a 125-foot "Double Shot" thrill ride at the Beach Boardwalk. The company says the ride is essential to the amusement park’s long-term survival and will appeal the decision to the city council.

Read more from The Santa Cruz Sentinel.

Wednesday, January 21, 2004 11:25 AM
Well, that stuff about the birds is just silly, embarrassing and the kind of cannon fodder that allows folks in other areas to ridicule Santa Cruz.

However, I think the reason that is causing them to hide behind birds is a valid one. If this community would rather try to keep their skyline view the way it is, without a rather ugly tower, I think that's their right. However, the fact that they are trying to blame it on birds that have an established and proud history of moving out of the way of large physical objects in their flight path is, of course, disingenuous and giving them the appearance of being, well... stupid.
*** This post was edited by rdreaming 1/21/2004 11:29:06 AM ***

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Wednesday, January 21, 2004 12:04 PM
This is like the Sea World farce. California is in a hole so deep due to bs politics. That Santa Cruz place has been there long before any of those people, and birds do not fly into rides. They get sucked into jet engines on occasion, but they do not fly into rides.

I think most of those people should move to Caramel by the Sea for the quiet life-style. Once they keep eliminating more bars, inexpensive housing, and buffets, they will have their town full of art boutiques, hippies, and other social disfunctionals to society.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2004 1:47 PM
People need to understand that the SCBB has been there for over 100 years now how can it not be part of the citys plan? People should think before they should complain (and this goes for many parks) if you hate the noise and view of the park youi should have thought about that before you moved right next to it. . .
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Wednesday, January 21, 2004 3:07 PM
Goodness Gracious!:) Every time it's reported on these and other boards that a new park, or a proposed ride to an existing park, gets shot down, suddenly the surrounding neighbors are deemed Dastardly Dan. Get over it. While I agree that the logic behind these arguements are seriously flawed, there are other *wrongs* going on in this world that are far more pressing and in need of everyone's attention.

And hippies, AJ, are among the most accepting, loving, and un-assuming people I know, who would never make blanket, generalized statements about a whole group of people based on the actions of a few. But hey, your not a hippie, so...

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Wednesday, January 21, 2004 3:49 PM
The world's more important "wrongs" are really not of any concern to us here on a coaster site...
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Wednesday, January 21, 2004 4:53 PM
AJ: We're in a hole because of bad investments and bad power companies and a vengeful federal government (executive anyway).

We might disagree with each other about that, but calling a group names? You can do better than that.

As for the bird thing; it seems that the council mostly based their decision on aesthetics (skyline). Nevertheless, a city can choose to be friendly or unfriendly towards business. While I think it is important to keep business from ruining the environment that they might make a few bucks, this is ridiculous. It is, after all nice to have a job.

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Thursday, January 22, 2004 3:47 AM
Unfortunately many who live in Santa Cruz would love nothing more that to see the Boardwalk go away. They think it's an eyesore and blight along their beach, and that majority will do anything to stop a ride that is taller than the 70 foot lift hill of the Giant Dipper, which along with the Loof Merry Go Round are national historic landmarks which are protected by the federal government. The Boardwalk is caught between a rock and a hard place. I hope the city and the Boardwalk can compormise on a 100 foot tower, like the one at Castle Park in Riverside in Southern California. It's every bit as good as the taller ones.
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Thursday, January 22, 2004 3:03 PM
ok... put it up.... and rackem up...
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