Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Beware of Strangers Bearing Theme Parks


”'Festival Tennessee' Developer's Claims Flunk Truth Test”



"Theme park developers leave trail of broken promises," via NewsChannel5.


While Middle Tennessee certainly needs jobs I am wary of what could quite possibly be the mother of all scams:
The developer of a proposed 1,500-acre theme park in Spring Hill has eight of his previous Nevada business licenses — including one for Big International Group of Entertainment — listed under "revoked" status, according to the Nevada Secretary of State's office.

I figured that out this afternoon when I started trying to find out who was behind the proposed Festival Tennessee theme park breathlessly reported on by our local media. What I found out about Las Vegas-based Big International Group of Entertainment, the project’s supposed developer, was interesting to say the least. Apparently the company “is a subsidiary of Information Architects Corp.,” a company which was last in the news for purchasing a gold mine. Big International also made headlines back in 2006 for an animated Michael Jackson feature which never happened.

I hate to tell you this, Spring Hill, but this project has the stench of merde wafting all over it. Maybe I’m just too cynical. Maybe in my former life I attended far too many press conferences where out of town hot-shot flim-flam artists threw around big numbers (“$750 million in private capital!”), bigger promises (“10,000-15,000 jobs!”) and half-assed cockamamie ideas before a crowd of incredulous media and smarmy local politicos. Why do they do it? What’s the point? Well, who knows.

Yeah, I’m thinking Festival Tennessee ain’t gonna happen. If I’m wrong, Spring Hill, you have my apologies.