Published: April 22, 2009 at 5:23 PMSix Flags has been trying to get out of the lease for a while now. They've already begun relocating some rides to other parks. I just don't see them reopening this park anytime soon due to their financial situation and the state of the park itself. Wasn't the park insured though? It would seem that they would have collected and used the money to reopen the park...unless of course it went down the drain like so much of their money did.
I don't blame the city for wanting Six Flags to reopen SFNO, but SF has enough trouble operating the parks they do have opened, so I don't blame them for stalling either. If I were New Orleans, I wouldn't waste a lot of time in court. I would terminate the lease and start looking around for other suitable options to get the park reopened. Go for ownership of the assets (if they are worth anything) currently in the park as part of a "payment", and use them as a morsel to entice another company to reopen.
Talk to the guys behind Freestyle. If the Myrtle Beach venture is a success, then the former Jazzland could be the next project, and it too could be had for dirt cheap. New Orleans is a funky kind of city that Jazzland could derive much influence from....even more than it had before.
Published: April 22, 2009 at 8:35 PMI went to New Orleans in January 2006, just months after Katrina hit and drove past the park. It was an ugly sight then and now must be almost totally unusable. That area was under several feet of water after the levees broke/overtopped and I think every thing corresponding to a first floor level was ruined. Some rides may have been salvageable if removed the first year but not now. I guess the only thing still viable at the site are the lawsuits.
Published: April 23, 2009 at 6:37 AMNagin and his city staff are idiots, plain and simple. Why the good citizens havent tossed these people out of office is another fine example of why NOLA is still having issues 3+ years post katrina. SF doesnt owe them a dime and they know it.
Published: April 23, 2009 at 2:57 PMI went to Nola.com to see what they had on this subject and there is a current story about it.
There are links to Google Earth photos in the comments below the story. If anyone thinks all they need is a little oil and bolt tightening to get it working again, look at those photos.