Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Opposition to new Orlando Thrill Park

Proposed theme-park on I-Drive, boasting some 78 acres, offering nearly 12 thrill-rides, is under besiege by Orlando city ordinance.

The environmental acoustic assessment for high-speed rollers coasters, and traffic congestion, all exceed the specified levels for a commercial area.

Engineers speculate that a daily attendance of 20,000 visitors will be travelling by a nearby Festival Bay Mall parking lot. Feasibility reports stipulate that overcoming the projected noise from the theme-park could be very expensive, let alone synchronizing traffic signals that change delays from 49 to 59 seconds at intersections.

Zoning variances would be required to nestle the park between the mall and Tangelo Park Neighborhood to the south.

Similar to sound level variances sought by Universal, park developers will be seeking special zoning in addition to talks with the mall's board members.

Hearing for the project that will address noise levels that may exceed 70 decibels is scheduled for March 15, 2011.

Several recommendations were made to park developers including switching park rides off at night, noise barriers, zoning variations, and traffic control tweaks.

Engineers from the GMB Engineering dept. have high-hopes that traffic light adjustments will not hinder the transit time for local residents.

Typical peaks times for traffic from the parks would be around 9:00am and 11:00pm would be the concern traffic controllers.

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