Bonfante Gardens opens under Paramount rule

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Michael Bonfante spent two decades to build a theme park celebrating the trees he loved, and two difficult years trying to run it himself. But Friday, as struggling Bonfante Gardens opened for its third season, its founder had walked away from his $70 million dream. Last year's highly publicized deal for Paramount Parks to manage the 75-acre Gilroy park came with a less-noticed price: the exit of Bonfante, the Former Nob Hill supermarket magnate who retains only a seat on the park's seven-member board and has moved to Branson, Mo.

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