Everybody Is Burned Out On Kentucky Kingdom

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Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and about 100 local businesses and civil leaders are in Oklahoma City examining how the city revitalized its'(sic) downtown. Spoiler alert: It’s not that great. [WHAS11]

Is Ed Hart just begging to get screwed again by Steve Beshear and his friends? Promising to invest $120 million sounds risky with that bunch. [C-J/AKN]

You can’t have a story about Kentucky Kingdom without Holiday World freaking out and trying to get free earned media, as well. [FOX41]

The more you know when traveling outside the city. You can’t even drive around in Lexington these days without encountering a hose that’s on the loose. [WKYT]

Wondering how that Insight changeover to Time Warner is going? Haha, yeah, about that. [WAVE3]

Wondering why the Kentucky Democratic Party is a disaster that can win a simple Metro Council race? The Kentucky Democratic Central Executive Committee has transferred $350,000 over the past month to Ohio, where President Barack Obama is in a tight race with Republican challenger Mittens Romney. [H-L]

A family is searching for answers two days after a young father was shot to death at his home. Police said there are no suspects in the shooting death of 21-year-old Bryan Lewis. [WLKY]

We told you early yesterday about Brooks Wicker’s freakout at the local paper. So the radio people decided it was a good idea to do a story about it. What’s sad, though, is that Wicker’s paid campaign staff say things like, “I personally think that it’s because Brooks is closing in on the congressman.” Oh, the hilarity. [WFPL]

As former owner of Turfway Park, Jerry Carroll said the track was bound to decline when the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission allowed a majority stake in the race track to be purchased by a partnership building a Cincinnati casino. [Business First]

Maybe this is why Southern Indiana can’t have nice things. Because everything is trying to live in the past – like the 150 years ago past. [News & Tribune]

10 thoughts on “Everybody Is Burned Out On Kentucky Kingdom

  1. Ed Hart is to Kentucky Kingdom as J. Bruce Miller is to an NBA team in Louisville. Keep fighting for both gentlemen. With your leadership one day mayors and 100 business and civic leaders will come to Louisville to figure out how to have a successful city.

  2. The entire Kentucky Kingdom discussion is starting to get old and stale and I am beginning to think that very few people really care anymore. You can only dangle the carrot so long before people just lose interest and walk away. Either open it up or don’t but just do it and stop talking about it . At this point, it would seem like a good idea to just tear the thing down and forget it. The original Kentucky Kingdom had a lot of issues with unruly teenagers, etc. and had zero room to expand. Holiday World is a very well run family park and our family will continue to visit it.

  3. Steve: Whomever you are I want to say a sincere thank you for your kind comment. I’ve known Ed Hart for a long time and he is, indeed, a leader, with vision and determination. His team of Ed Glasscock, Bruce Lunsford and Mary Moseley is equally talented. It’s difficult to challenge the status quo around here = but if it isn’t done, Louisville will contine to slide into economic irrelevancy in the global economy. We must compete with Charlotte, Nashville, Cincinnati and Indianapolis for regional economic hegemony — not the college towns of Knoxville and Lexington.

  4. I don’t believe the state wants it there. Any competent businessperson will not put themselves in a no-win situation. The state wants the best deal it can get and it appears the state doesn’t want to deal at all. I see a stalemate and it will eventually become a parking lot.

  5. How, exactly, has Ed Hart harmed Kentucky Kingdom?

    Last I checked, he’s the only person trying to reopen it. I know him personally and know first-hand what he’s done, tried to do and what he’s spent.

    And while I like Miller, I know that he hasn’t personally spent $4 million of his own money trying to get an NBA team as Hart has done to try to open Kentucky Kingdom.

  6. I honestly can’t believe that scheduled conventions didn’t drop Louisville like a rock when Kentucky Kingdom closed its gates… Do you think the ones that came anyway were offered a rate reduction?
    And I wouldn’t want to book here in the summer without it.

  7. Jake: You’re right. I haven’t spent $4m of my own money on the NBA ‘effort.’ But I have lost nearly $2m since 2001 and it’s directly attributable to the NBA effort. The sad fact, as explained in depth in “Airball” is that 4 days after 9/11 – on 9/15 the Hornets ownership flew to Louisville in their Hornets’ jet and delivered a letter to me, Glasscock, Blum and Todd Blue AGREEING TO MOVE TO LOUISVILLE and it was to be announced at the league meetings in Dallas on Oct. 22nd. Gov. Patton had agreed to build an arena on the site where the ‘pointed building is’ on downtown Main (near NuLu) and his finance director (James Ramsey) had configured the bonding deal with PNC Capital Markets and the State. SIGNED SEALED AND DELIVERED. Then enter the-then Mayor, who wanted to take credit for it — so he told the NBA Commissioner in a phone call that he wanted to hold it up for awhile “so he could tweek the proposal.” They nixed Louisville and by December were moving the Hornets to N.Orleans. ONLY IN KENTUCKY COULD SOMETHING THAT STUPID HAPPEN.

  8. My point wasn’t a personal attack but an attempt to point out that Ed had to spend $4 million – that the state owes him – just to prove it was viable.

    You’ve obviously spent a pretty penny on your own efforts. And lost out thanks to the same ignorant bunch.

  9. Jake: It’s like Dante’s hell when you try to pull Kentucky’s ox-cart out of the ditch. You’re witnessing it every day in your venture – but you’re young. I’ve been at it since I returned from Vanderbilt Law in 1965 – when Nashville was 1/2 the city Louisville was and Indianapolis was nicknamed “Indiana-noplace”. It’s a Greek tragedy I’ve experienced since returning, but as Jim Valvano said when he contracted cancer — Don’t ever, ever, ever, ever give up. Regards.

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