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Letter to the editor
Rating: 0.93 / 5 (14 votes)  
Posted: 2013 Apr 19 - 06:33

Brevard's water and airpark

Every branch of government (federal, state, county, local) operating in our county is valiantly attempting to resolve a myriad of issues. I think it's time for our compensated representatives to work together and focus on a great idea. This plan puts Brevard County on the world map as a premier vacation destination, bar none!

This proposal involves three major steps:

1.  Relocate under-utilized Patrick Air Force Base and integrate it with a renovated Kennedy Space Center. This new federal government entity would provide for more efficient operations, including vehicle launches, Air Force functions, commercial ventures, future space tours, updated shared runway for all functions, etc.

2.  With private industry, build the world's largest water park in the area vacated by the Air Force base (2,103 acres). Investors and developers will come begging. This plan could be result in a money-maker for all involved governments, as well as private industry, with financial benefits distributed proportionally based on the investment made by each government entity, as well as involved private developers.

3.  Integrate the new PAFB-KSC Water & Air Park, Port Canaveral, parking lots and beaches to create an international first-class destination, using a combination of a fast overhead conveyances and ground-level transportation. These conveyances would enable visitors to quickly move between KSC-PAFB, Port Canaveral cruise ships, waterpark, beaches and new parks, hotels, casino, science center, aquarium, restaurants and remote mainland auto parking.

Reasonably priced hotels, major casino(s), restaurants, movie theaters, Las Vegas-typed shows, science center, off-shore gambling cruises, safe, efficient transportation and the world's biggest and best aquarium would help to entice those who don't want to get their feet wet. There is every reason to believe the park could stay open 24/7.

We have an opportunity to really impact Brevard County, Florida, and the United States of America, using this plan as a giant catalyst. Thousands of quality jobs would be created. Employment opportunities would be at an all-time high. There would be huge increases in home building, retirement communities and financial support for schools. A combination KSC and PAFB would operate significantly more efficiently, requiring lower tax dollars. Visitors would have easy access, since our trains, major highways, airport and cruise ships are located within the county!

Brevard County could become the year-round destination for millions of vacationers from around the world and not a side trip from Central Florida's Orlando, Disney, Sea World, Epcot, Universal, etc. This park could feed off Central Florida attractions, but would not depend on them. This idea would involve searching the world for the latest and the best water attractions, plus creating new ones that would challenge even the most daring amusement park aficionados.

The thoughtful design of all the elements and automated transportation media would minimize delays and long lines. Internal movement of vacationers within the park would be quick, efficient and unaffected by our frequent lightning and storms. Families would not be ripped off by excessive parking fees, admission costs, $4.50 hot dogs and $2.50 cold drinking water. In the water park, drinking water must be free! This complex will make guests want to come back just to quench their vacation thirsts. Customers would be allowed to picnic throughout, including the beaches and adjacent parks. Cocoa and Cocoa Beach could become exciting links in the transportation loop.

What we don't want to do is duplicate Disney or the Orlando area. The character of Brevard County is unique thereby allowing our show, "WORLD OF AIR & WATER," to be the best and most unique attraction anywhere! NOW is the time to begin this exciting adventure. I think this proposal has significant merit and should be given very serious consideration by all government agencies involved!

A. Turiano, Melbourne

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