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R.I.P. Water park not coming

Also, Jasper DDA hears updates on Port Royal, bathroom building for downtown, water fears from mayor

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     Members of the Jasper Downtown Development Authority appeared to drive the final stake into years of speculation that a large water park resort was eyeing a spot along Highway 515.
    During their meeting Thursday, authority member Chuck Payne said he wanted to hear an update on the Port Royal project, which began in the spring of 2013 with a proposal for a $130 million project that would include a 400-room hotel and a waterslide park located on the fourlane.
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Pickens Observer
-5 #11 Pickens Observer 2016-11-02 00:02
Next time, city of Jasper, ask for proof of funds before spending a penny of taxpayer funds or staff time on such a project. This would have been a no-go from Day 1.

Yeah right, there's a big market for a Caribbean themed resort in a mountian community?
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Pickens Council
-1 #12 Pickens Council 2018-04-20 02:48
An idiotic idea from the start. Mathew Knowles (Beyonce’s father) comes down here and blows some smoke up everybody’s @#$, and suckers the whole town. He even said that “maybe, Beyoncé would perform at the grand opening.” I knew that was a load of crap from the beginning. Good riddance!
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STFU
-1 #13 STFU 2018-04-20 12:54
Quoting Pickens Council:
An idiotic idea from the start. Mathew Knowles (Beyonce’s father) comes down here and blows some smoke up everybody’s @#$, and suckers the whole town. He even said that “maybe, Beyoncé would perform at the grand opening.” I knew that was a load of crap from the beginning. Good riddance!


Way to chime in almost 2 years after the last post.
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Bull shot
-8 #14 Bull shot 2018-04-20 15:50
What exactly did he sucker the town out of? The developers spent some money working on it, promoting it, but the people here didn't ever spend any money on it. So we're really not out anything. Some people liked the dream of it, some didn't, but it didn't cost anything.
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Pickens Council
-7 #15 Pickens Council 2018-04-21 00:55
Hey, STFU. STFU. Who,cares how,long it’s been. Is this Mathew Knowles. Bahahaha.
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STFU
+3 #16 STFU 2018-04-23 11:29
Quoting Pickens Council:
Hey, STFU. STFU. Who,cares how,long it’s been. Is this Mathew Knowles. Bahahaha.


You're an idiot! Bahahaha
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Living Jtown
-1 #17 Living Jtown 2018-04-24 17:57
When I first moved to the city, they were talking about the water park and there was also a garbage strike at that time. I had a horrible graveyard shift at a Waffle House, one of the only places to eat in Jasper, open 24 hours — super crickets, deserted. I worked part-time for this dollar store too. The manager had a condo loft in a building on Main Street. [By 1 a.m.] I’d be somewhere like the Blue Rodeo or Crust, seeing the electronic-caly pso band Malaria!, and then walking over to the Donut Shack in the morning. A lot of the alternative spaces — down in Tate, or the A-Space out in Ludville, too. Hearing hip-hop on the street, minimalist new music, free jazz — it all added to this fabric that was the landscape in Jasper and I am glad it didn't get destroyed with the water park it, would have just crashed the whole scene.
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Bull Shot
-6 #18 Bull Shot 2018-04-30 08:35
People say that Jasper was dirty and dangerous in the early ’90s, and I just have to laugh. Do you even think about what it was like in Big Ridge? I mean, that’s when Big Ridge was Big Ridge, not some extension of Ludville or a place with good coffee. Things were 50 times as bad in Big Ridge as they were in Jasper. In 1991, I had just gotten back from six months on the road with Marshall Tucker.
It was the tale of two cities back then, and I was in my late 20s, trying to get the message out, running the Pickens Youth Uprising Movement out of an office in Hinton. The whole thing finally fell into place in May of that year when I went on Mark Hellinger’s show on WYYZ. He was like the Jimmy Fallon or Trevor Noah of that era.
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deplorapottamus
-5 #19 deplorapottamus 2018-05-02 04:46
Oh thank you lord for not letting this happen. Back in the 60's and 70's Marietta and Kennesaw were still rural and look at them now. One man's "progress" is another man's cesspool.
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