Going to make some lawyers rich
Bible Park Meeting Draws a Crowd--Erika Kurre
NEARLY TWO HUNDRED MIDDLE TENNESSEANS GET THEIR CHANCE TONIGHT TO SPEAK OUT ABOUT A PROPOSED BIBLE THEME PARK.
THE RUTHERFORD COUNTY PLANNING COMMISSION RECOMMENDED TONIGHT THAT THE PROPERTY IT'S PLANNED FOR BE RE-ZONED.
DEVELOPERS WANT TO BUILD "BIBLE PARK U-S-A" IN BLACKMAN, A RURAL PART OF RUTHERFORD COUNTY BETWEEN SMYRNA AND MURFREESBORO.
BUT MANY IN THE AREA SAY NOT IN MY BACK YARD.
FOX 17's ERIKA KURRE HAS MORE IN A STORY YOU ARE SEEING ONLY ON FOX.
ONE BY ONE... RUTHERFORD COUNTY RESIDENTS FILED INTO THE COUNTY COURTHOUSE-- MOST WITH RED SHIRTS ON, SHOWING THEIR OPPOSITION FOR "BIBLE PARK U-S-A."
Rutherford County Resident Tony Pegel says, "I see this taking lots of tax dollars and infrastructure building for a theme park I don't see any reason for a way it can succeed."
DEVELOPERS WANT TO BUILD THE BIBLICAL THEME PARK ON 282 ACRES OF LAND-- JUST NORTHWEST OF MURFREESBORO.
TO SOME LIVING IN BLACKMAN , THE PARK IS SEEN AS DISRESPECTFUL TO THE CHRISTIAN FAITH AND ISN'T WANTED IN THE COMMUNITY.
NOT TO MENTION CLAIMS SOME SAY ARE UNREALISTIC.
/Rutherford County Resident Rafe Hyatt says, "Theme parks that do 1.5 million visitors a year have water slides, they have roller coasters, they have ferris wheels, thrill rides-- none of these things the Bible park currently brings to the table."
/Erika says, "While the majority of people at this meeting are opposed to the Bible park, there are a few who want to see it happen."
RICHARD MEADOW HAS BEEN LIVING IN RUTHERFORD COUNTY FOR 46 YEARS.
HE CAN'T SEE A REASON WHY "BIBLE PARK U-S-A" SHOULDN'T BE BUILT HERE.
Richard says, "I'm just very much interested in seeing something that can and will-- in my opinion-- bring revenue into this county."
HIS ONLY CONCERN IS TRAFFIC CONGESTION ONCE THE PARK IS BUILT.
THOSE WHO OPPOSE THE PLANS-- BELIEVE MAKING UP FOR THE INCREASE IN TRAFFIC COULD FALL BACK ON TAXPAYERS.
THEY BELIEVE WHETHER THE PARK IS BUILT SHOULD BE UP TO THEM... NOT TO THE COUNTY.
/Rafe says, "If we the people, the residents of Rutherford County are given the chance to vote this up or down, #1: I"m confident it will go down in flames. #2: I'll live with that."
IN MURFREESBORO, ERIKA KURRE, FOX 17 NEWS.
THE COUNTY COMMISSION WILL HEAR THE PARK'S PLANS MAY 15th.
IF APPROVED, DEVELOPERS SAY IT WOULD BE FINISHED IN 20-10 AND COULD PROVIDE MORE THAN A THOUSAND NEW JOBS OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS.