Posted: Feb 11, 2006 7:25 pm
Here's the petition, available for signing online at www.detourmemphis.com:
"We, the undersigned, do hereby call on the City of Memphis to abandon plans to tear down Libertyland. Rather, we call on the City of Memphis to allow renovation of Libertyland so that it can remain as Memphis's only Children's Amusement Park."
The petition is simply a way to exhibit support for Libertyland. We have no illusions as to its official stance, it was begun immediately upon the disclosure of the park's closing and is for evidentiary purposes only.
1) We will find out the level of commitment from the 2 folks who contacted us. There is also a list of 8 other management companies which have yet to be contacted.
2) LRK is prohibited from expressing an opinion about which plan is best, according to what they announced at a Dec. 9 meeting. They do not seem to deal in specifics, so I have no way of knowing if they would be receptive to the contingency you describe. However, the re-use committee has stated a preference for scenario #6, the most destructive one.
3) There have been to my knowledge no economic impact statements done by LRK, which would include the cost of moving specific landmark assets.
You will never hear me suggest a tax increase for any reason.