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Kentucky businessman puts Indiana amusement park idea on hold

October 30, 2017

A Kentucky businessman who proposed building an amusement park in southern Indiana featuring an aquarium, a water park and a dinosaur museum has put that project on hold.

Louisville-area businessman Ed Dana recently notified Harrison County officials that he had dropped his $5 million funding request ahead of a planned late October county council vote.

Dana also said he had not received "the right welcome vibe from community leaders" for his proposed 200,000-square-foot, four-part amusement park. He had pitched the project for southern Indiana after failing to sell it to officials in nearby Louisville.

Harrison County Councilman Gary Davis tells The Courier-Journal of Louisville that county officials had several questions about Dana's business plan that were never unanswered, including the total project cost and funding sources.

Dana had said the first part of the project, the aquarium, would cost about $80 million and create about 300 jobs.

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