TRUE OR FALSE
It has been over 11 years and in fact 12 years this August 29, 2017 from that fateful day HURRICANE KATRINA made landfall as a Category 3 storm. As of today in July 2017 most of the effects of that storm are now just a bad memory EXCEPT for one Major Reminder the City of New Orleans has mostly Ignored and Forgotten.
Well most of that statement is TRUE. The part that isFALSE. The idea that the CITY has forgotten the park is not so likely. It just has no idea what to do with it and has got the idea that the park is worth Millions of Dollars and some Major Company will come in and shower the City with Big bucks! They use the term FIDUCIARY RESPONSIBILITY. We call it by its Layman's term UNREALISTIC or WISHFUL THINKING AT BEST.
Sounds Harsh! OK lets be real here the park has set unused (other then as a movie set) for almost 12 years while the local community suffers from lack of employment opportunities, slow to almost no growth, 0 (Zero) Tax Income from the property, Cost to the City for Security and Maintenance, Extra Police and Court Actions cost, PLUS the City ( you the Tax Payers are still paying off the H.U.D. loan taken out for the park by the city.) Oh sure that is first class FIDUCIARY RESPONSIBILITY IN ACTION when you understand that our group is standing here waiting to rebuild the park without asking for or needing any monetary help from you, the Tax payers!
IF there was any BIG Company that wanted this park you would think that by now it would be a well known FACT! Truth is NO ONE IS WAITING IN THE WINGS other then the few who have already made themselves known. And of that group we are the only company who has the plan, resources and skill to make this happen for 2018. But now even that is at risk as we need time to rebuild and the city flat will not do the right thing and turn the park over to us so we can get on with the rebuilding! If we can not make a 2018 opening the only blame at this point is your city governments lack of action. WE ARE READY NOW TO START WORK NOW!
The Park FAILED in the Past! FALSE!!!!! The thing about URBAN LEGENDS is that most of the time they are based on speculation and rumor NOT HARD FACTS!
The park was flooded by Katrina and abandoned by SIX FLAGS with good reason SIX FLAGS was in BANKRUPTCY AND TWO BILLION DOLLARS IN DEBT. THAT IS $2,000,000,000.00 IT WAS MUCH EASIER TO JUST CUT AND RUN THEN TO REBUILD THE PARK.
The truth is the park was making money and growing. Six Flags problems had very little to do with this park and they where about to add a Water Park when the storm hit. Not the actions of a company that did not see the potential for growth.
WHAT HAS CHANGED?
The one major change is that the Government has now invested hundreds of millions of dollars in new flood walls that where not in place when Katrina hit the area.
Is this a 100% guarantee the park will never flood again NO however the odds are now much better that we can defend the park for another Katrina type event.
Also in the rebuild we are adding much stronger security to prevent perceived problems of the past operation. As an example children and persons under a certain age say 16 will require an adult supervision to be in the park. Also the use of RFID technology that allows us to keep track of small children so the only way the child exits the park is with the person who brought them in.
YOUR SAFETY IS JOB ONE FOR EVERY EMPLOYEE OF OUR PARK!
RFID (RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION)
One thing from the past that will not occur here is young people who cut in line, start fights, run in gangs or try to intimidate others. Every guest will be required to wear a RFID wrist band that allows families to locate one another at any KIOSK within the park. This wrist band also acts as an electronic wallet where MOM OR DAD can pre-load as well as select what food or drinks the members may enjoy. The arm band is also your pass to the Water Park or Concert Areas if selected in short we are using the newest technology for a safer stay. Yes every employee also has a RFID TAG that allows us to monitor them as well any intrusion into the park or guest wandering into a restricted area can be detected in seconds and high resolution cameras will be employed to direct security as needed.
Each RFID band is matched with a face and or fingerprint so only the person it is assigned to can use it.
If the band is broken while inside the park it sets off a security alert and the camera system zooms in on any person who has no tag. In short grab a kid and we will pounce on you in seconds!
Anyone who thinks this is a joke will soon discover we will not play any games with gangs, thugs, drug users, shop lifters, pervert's, child molesters, drunks, or public disorder of any kind!
We will arrest and prosecute to the fullest extent of the law, or remove from the park ANYONE who creates problems for the safety of all.
THIS IS A FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT PARK WITH RULES THAT MUST BE FOLLOWED for the SAFETY OF ALL.
YES we will have a dress code. (Sagging Pants, and other offensive clothing by word or graphics are banned)
YES you will be required to pass through a security check point and scanned for weapons
YES we will employee drug and explosive sniffing dogs
YES we will have armed security on site at all times to include NOPD Officers
YES we will be using state of the art Facial Recognition
YES smoking and vaping will be allowed Only in areas that are zoned for it!
YES LIMITED alcohol will be available (In 21 and older areas that are tightly controlled)
NO backpacks or bags will be allowed in the park OTHER THEN Baby care bags that must be screened.
NO Minor Children may be left unattended at any time.
NO Animals or Humans may be left in your car within the parking lot area
NO food, drink or containers including ice chests are allowed in the park (except baby needs or approved empty drink cups)
NO person who is impaired by drugs or alcohol
RISK and REWARD
TO SAY THERE IS NO RISK HERE WOULD STRAIN CREDULITY!
However lets understand just who is taking the risk and who has NOTHING TO LOSE!
THE CITY AND ITS PEOPLE HAVE EVERYTHING TO GAIN AT NO COST TO THE TAX PAYER! OUR COMPANY DREAMLANDING FESTIVAL PARK LLC IS TAKING ALL OF THE RISK TO THE TUNE OF 60 MILLION DOLLARS PHASE ONE! AND UPWARDS OF ANOTHER 100 MILLION DOLLARS OVER THE NEXT 5 TO 7 YEARS.
THE CITY WILL RECEIVE NOT ONLY THE CURRENT APPRISED VALUE OF THE PARK BUT A PERCENTAGE OF EVERY TICKET SOLD IN PERPETUITY (FOR AS LONG AS THE PARK IS IN OPERATION) PLUS ITS NORMAL SALES AND PROPERTY TAXES IN SHORT THE CITY AND ITS PEOPLE ARE THE WINNERS!
PLEASE MR. MAYOR
WE NEED ACTION TODAY TO OPEN
IN TIME FOR THE CITY'S
"300TH" TRICENTENNIAL YEAR
Dreamlanding Festival Park