SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - A proposed project could put an amusement park right here on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Fun Box Amusement said it wants to build a family friendly theme park on the coast. CEO Danny Rogers said the project is in the early planning stages, but he is ready to see the development.
"Enough already with the waiting," said Rogers. "It's time to build it."
No property has been purchased for the park at this time. Company officials say several sites are under consideration.
Basic building costs of the attraction are estimated at $30 million. The company is seeking $20 million of BP oil spill relief money that was earmarked for tourism development along the Coast.
Rogers said the project could bring as many as 45 full-time and 65 part-time year-round positions, and as many as 350 seasonal jobs to Coast residents. He said the park would offer employment opportunities to first-time job seekers and semi-retired and disadvantaged workers.
Company officials say the park would provide family fun that would support the tourism industry, bringing visitors to South Mississippi who could enjoy everything else the Coast has to offer like beaches, casinos and restaurants.
This would be the first amusement park project the company would build, but Rogers said Fun Box was put together specifically to build the park. Between workers, contractors, designers and other employees, the company boasts a combined 2,000 years of experience in the amusement park industry.
Fun Box Amusement said it is working to organize public meetings so South Mississippians can have a voice in the project.
"This is everybody's park," said Rogers.
For now, Fun Box has a petition drive on its website to build support for the project. You can see the plan for the park, sign the petition and leave comments at www.dreamlandingadventure.com.