Political reverberation from a mega theme park proposed for Spring Hill has claimed this city’s chairman of the planning commission, who got the boot this week from the mayor after opposing him on the project, the Columbia Daily Herald reports.
Mayor Michael Dinwiddie supported the $750 million theme park. The planning commissioner did not.
Now the project dubbed Festival Tennessee seems destined to go the way of Bible Park USA, as a rezoning for the site off Jim Warren Road was rejected Monday by the Board of Mayor and Aldermen. Developer Dennis Peterson has stopped taking calls from reporters.
The theme park has drawn national media attention, as questions emerged about Peterson’s company, Big International Group of Entertainment, and previous projects that have not come to fruition. The plans for Festival Tennessee seemed larger than life, to include 80 restaurants and clubs, a stadium and two resort hotels with 8,000 rooms total, the New York Times noted last month.
Festival Tennessee was not the company’s only dream. Several music magazines had been discussed, as was a theme park in Las Vegas. There were plans for “The Way of the Unicorn,” an animated movie about an orphan named Sailor — to have been voiced by Michael Jackson — who saves the world with the help of some endangered species.
They fell through.