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Gordon Bombay

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  1. With all due respect, the "conspiracy" talk didn't do your advocacy group any favors. Especially when there's none to be found (and this coming from someone who has no love for MEMI). Also, constantly trolling the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra on social media does not equate to "public opinion." 

    Their music venue is going to be built whether they receive additional funding from the state or not, and rest assured, they will continue to seek it just as FC Cincinnati, the Bengals, Reds, the Chamber, and a bevy of other organizations do the same for their entertainment ventures (for right or wrong). Hell, they still got $8 Million even in this "deprioritized" request. Not really a "failure."

    Coney Island was unfortunately dead whether MEMI existed or not. And now, the financial struggle to preserve what is left, just got harder (as @disco2000 pointed out, they will try and spin it that way). These politicians scoring easy points by saying they were "swayed" is nothing but talk—especially for a local politician from a gerrymandered district who also seeks to get public funding for the OTHER potential music venue in his area (the tennis center and its plans to host concerts).

    The Riverbed 2.0 venue will get plenty of tax incentives as it's built and operated (for right or wrong) and pay close attention to how Anderson Township benefits. They never cared about Sunlite Pool and if it really was about providing swimming resources/lessons/etc. to an underserved population—let me know when they start opening up their public pools to residents of Cincinnati. 

    EDIT TO ADD: Just want to say that ultimately, @beastfan11, I have a huge respect for your passion for local history and I am glad to see that there's people like you out there who truly care. 

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  2. 2 hours ago, BeeastFarmer said:

    Or, it could be the elected official listening to the constituents...be it a vocal minority or a non vocal majority. 8 million dollars is not an insignificant amount. If the new riverbend is that important to the organization, they will find a way to get the additional twelve million.

    Let me know when they send you a refund.  

  3. Except we all know it's not on them to save it.

    Just as they weren't the ones who let it fall into disrepair.

    And no matter what anyone may say about public funding going to projects—derailing funding for a local project is such a great example of cutting off one's nose to spite their face.

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  4. 1 hour ago, shark6495 said:

    Not to be pessimistic but I don’t see moonlight gardens staying. The 5.7 million feels low and I think it’s done on purpose

    they announce it will cost 5.7 then down the road they say ope our bad it will be 10-12 million and it’s just too much while demo is only 1 mil (or something like this )

    If that’s the case, then why not just demo it now and be done with it?

    I bet they’re at least going to look into it. Unlike the pool, Moonlite Gardens might be something they could actually use and let’s remember—the CSO/MEMI aren’t the ones who let it get into this condition in the first place. 

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  5. 3 hours ago, DispatchMaster said:

    OK, maybe it's just uniquely a southern Ohio thing where people are commonly both very stupid and simultaneously wealthy enough to afford large quantities of alcohol at captive audience prices?

    As I said, I'm making a generalization, which was in part a joke, and was not an absolute, blanket statement of fact. That you can point to anecdotal exceptions is great and all, but not a compelling counter argument to the point I was making, which is that making alcohol available at the old Subway location isn't likely to have any measurable impact on the quantity of "fights and misbehavior" exists at amusement parks.

    Hang on there, cowboy, I'm not offering a "counter-argument." Those people are gonna get drunk and fight whether they're doing subway shots with mayonnaise floaters and Italian BMT garnish, or, slamming back pints of that weird blueberry ice cream beer. Not so much a Southern Ohio thing, more of a... human thing.

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  6. 3 hours ago, DispatchMaster said:

    I'm generalizing here, but typically speaking there's not a lot of Venn overlap between people who would get in to a fistfight and those who can afford to get drunk at an amusement park. 

    Ohhhhhhh, I'd have to disagree here. Worked at the park for a long time and I'd wager that the Venn Diagram you're envisioning looks more like a circle, especially during Haunt. @teenageninja would you agree?

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  7. 20 minutes ago, burlguy41005 said:

    but they will do simply what serves them best...

    I’ve got no love for MEMI after what they did to MidPoint, but this shouldn’t surprise you considering they’re not in the business of operating pools. 

    Sunlite (and by extension, what was left of Coney) got spared by a stroke of luck in 1971. There’s been ample time to revive the park into something more, but no one did, even after the death was hastened with the removal of rides in 2019.  

    At least they intend to keep the main gate and possibly even Moonlite Gardens…a venue which the previous ownership let rot. 

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  8. 17 minutes ago, Hawaiian Coasters 325 said:

    The "new thing at the land formerly known as Coney Island" hasn't even broke ground yet…

    While this is true, Timberwolf doesn’t even compete with or compare to the existing venues at the land formerly known as Coney Island.

    And on top of that: the Lindner Tennis Center has announced plans to use their stadium across the street as a concert venue after a series of renovations.

    Timberwolf’s only draw is that it happens to be connected to one of the nation’s best amusement parks. On its own: it’s been outdated for decades. Which is why it’s HILARIOUS that they thought they could charge a SEPARATE admission for it to a series where the beer ran out and had issues (while being sponsored by a beer company (one that was already on shaky ground and is now gone), the bathrooms were old, and the acts were… well, probably didn’t need all those seats for what they’d draw.

  9. 2 hours ago, Hawaiian Coasters 325 said:

    Hopefully KI follows suit with Timberwolf! This would be a perfect way to use Timberwolf! Maybe even try and book the same artists! 

    I mean, you could summon a wizard who can raise people from the dead and then book Paul McCartney and the resurrected Beatles at Timberwolf and the reception would still be: “It’s a miracle, but man that venue sucks.”

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