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After the Koch family backed out of its agreement with the state to reopen Kentucky Kingdom, things looked bleak for the park's future. But last week, previous operator Ed Hart -- in partnership with local business heavy-hitters Mary Moseley, Bruce Lunsford and Ed Glasscock -- submitted a new 40 million dollar bid to reopen the park by 2014. And by all accounts, their proposal contained no demands that weren't also included in the Koch deal.
But the Fair Board now says it wants to first solicit bids from other potential developers to make sure they get the best possible deal. The problem is, this process would delay any possible reopening even further, making it even more unlikely the park will ever be revived.
For some reason, it seems Governor Beshear and the Fair Board would rather do business with anyone but Ed Hart. But why? As far as I know, Mr. Hart's honesty and competence are unquestioned. And all his partners have amazing track records of success. Meanwhile, if there are other viable redevelopment candidates out there, wouldn't we have heard from them by now?
If petty political vendettas are to blame here, they should be put aside so we can get serious about saving what was once Kentucky's number one tourist attraction and the hundreds of jobs it represents.