State of Florida may purchase Cypress Gardens

Posted Wednesday, April 16, 2003 4:37 AM | Contributed by Coasterville Dave

Florida state officials say they may buy and preserve Cypress Gardens, the closed historic theme park that served as the backdrop for several Esther Williams movies during its prime. Gov. Jeb Bush directed state officials to meet with park owner Bill Reynolds on Wednesday to discuss acquisition of the 67-year-old attraction through the Florida Forever program, which was established to conserve environmentally sensitive land.

Read more from AP via CNN.

Wednesday, April 16, 2003 1:45 PM
So is Florida the only state that doesn't have a deficit this year?

Please visit the small parks. We don't know what's happening behind the scenes

Wednesday, April 16, 2003 7:33 PM
Don't be fooled, if your economy is based on tourism in post 9/11 paranoia, you have a deficit. The money it would cost to buy Cypress Gardens is probably a drop in Jebby boy's bucket. Hell, the City of St. Petersburg bought Sunken Gardens and also owns Weeki Wachi (the mermaid place). It's not unusual for Florida governments to purchase and support the "original" (read, pre-Disney) Florida.

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