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Lake Winnie Breaks Ground on Waterpark
Lake Winnepesaukah officials broke ground Wednesday on SoakYa, a 5-acre water entertainment complex scheduled to open during the Summer 2013 season.
The waterpark is the first major expansion of the 88-year-old amusement park since the 1960s, when the park doubled in size and added two signature attractions: the antique wooden Carrousel and the world-famous wooden Cannon Ball Roller Coaster.
"Lake Winnepesaukah has a hard to say and even harder to spell name,” said Talley Green, Public Relations Director, “but through the years that name has become synonymous with family fun in our region. That’s why we chose SoakYa, a spirited play on our name, for the waterpark that is a perfect complement to our amusement complex.”
Today’s groundbreaking signals the start of an aggressive five-month construction schedule that calls for completion of the waterpark attraction in time for a Memorial Day weekend debut, two months after the amusement park opens for the 2013 season. Aquatic Builders Ltd., a division of master plan design and engineering firm Aquatic Development Group, will lead the park’s construction along with locally-based contractors. The development will create 100 temporary construction jobs and up to 60 new seasonal positions upon completion.
The multi-million dollar waterpark will feature a lazy river and wave lagoon. Clusters of flume body slides and enclosed tubes – some for single riders, some for multiple riders – will dot the landscape. A multi-lane racer slide will send dueling riders on a refreshing plunge into a pool while toddlers will be entertained in a shallow splash park with pint-sized slides and water play equipment. Covered and uncovered lounge seating, retail shops, concessions and a changing facility with lockers will allow families to enjoy a day-long stay at the park.
“The beginning of the year also marks a new beginning for Lake Winnie,” explains Chris Jones, Architect. “The owners have committed themselves to building a first class waterpark and ‘doing it right’! With the start of construction, a dream is on its way to reality. A former parking lot will soon be transformed into a colorful array of exciting water rides, water features, man-made hills and lush landscaping creating an oasis of fun and laughter. Did I mention water? Lots of water!”
The first phase of the multi-million dollar SoakYa waterpark will be developed on the West side of the amusement park between the Cannon Ball Roller Coaster and the lake. The 5-acre vacant tract of land has recently served as overflow parking for concerts and other major events. Subsequent waterpark expansions could triple the water entertainment complex’s size in years to come.
Lake Winnepesaukah will open the 2013 season with a $26 general admission rate ($10 for children two and under and senior citizens), which is consistent with 2012 ticket prices. During the summer months, guests will enjoy two parks for one admission price. From Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, general admission will be $31.95 ($15.95 for children two and under and senior citizens). General admission will revert back to the $26 rate for the remainder of the 2013 season when SoakYa closes for the season in early fall. SoakYa will be accessible through the main park entrance only.
The facility was designed by architect Christopher M. Jones of North Palm Beach, Florida and Aquatic Development Group of Cahoes, New York, both of which have extensive waterpark development experience. The park will feature “Made in the USA” slides and other water play equipment designed, engineered and manufactured by North Carolina-based AquaBlue International. Chattanooga-based CapitalMark Bank & Trust will finance the expansion.
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BANGKOK (AP) -- Asian stock markets steadied today after a sharp sell-off the day before.
There was a dearth of corporate or economic news for traders to digest and an insipid performance on Wall Street gave little direction either.
Most indexes were modestly higher after declining Monday on weak Chinese trade figures that reignited fears of a deeper slowdown in the world's No. 2 economy.
Benchmark U.S. crude oil rose slightly, remaining at just above $101 a barrel.
The dollar gained against the euro and fell against the yen.
ECONOMY-THE DAY AHEAD
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Inventories and jobs news are the subjects of today's government economic data.
The Commerce Department releases its report on wholesale trade inventories for January this morning. December's report showed businesses increased stockpiles at the slowest pace since last summer. The 0.5 percent December increase followed healthy gains of 1 percent in November and 1.1 percent in October.
Also this morning, the Labor Department releases its job openings and labor turnover survey for January.
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The job outlook is looking up for the second quarter.
ManpowerGroup's quarterly Manpower Employment Outlook Survey of employers' intentions to increase or trim back their workforce found a net increase of 13 percent.
The workforce solutions company says 19 percent of the more than 18,000 employers surveyed anticipate increasing staff levels. ManpowerGroup's Chris Layden says it's "the strongest second-quarter hiring intention since the second quarter of 2008." And Layden says expected staff reductions of four percent were the lowest in the survey's history.
Layden says the survey found a positive outlook in all 13 industry sectors, especially engineering and technology. He says the survey found that "95 percent of employers were having difficulty finding engineers."
According to Layden, the survey shows nationwide growth and "points to a little steadier job market."
BEIJING (AP) -- China's central bank governor has said Beijing might finish the process of easing controls on interest rates within two years and market forces will set the pace for use of its tightly controlled currency abroad.
Zhou Xiaochuan spoke at a news conference during the annual meeting of China's legislature, at which communist leaders have announced plans to make the economy more market-oriented and productive.
The central banker said ending controls on rates paid by banks to savers would be the last step in easing interest rate controls. He said he expects that to come in one to two years.
Zhou said the central bank wants market forces to determine the pace at which China's yuan is used for international trade and investment.
LEGALIZING MARIJUANA-FIRST TAXES
DENVER (AP) -- In the world's first accounting of a recreational pot industry, Colorado officials say the state has made roughly $2 million in marijuana taxes in January, the first month of sales.
The tax total reported Monday by the state Department of Revenue indicates $14.02 million worth of recreational pot was sold. The state collected roughly $2.01 million in taxes.
The state legalized pot in 2012, but the commercial sale of marijuana didn't begin until January. Washington state sales begin in the coming months.
The taxes come from 12.9 percent sales taxes and 15 percent excise taxes. Voters approved the pot taxes last year. The first $40 million of the excise tax must go to school construction.
Colorado has about 160 state-licensed recreational marijuana stores, though not all were open in January.
DALLAS (AP) -- The Mt. Gox bitcoin exchange that recently collapsed in Japan has filed for U.S. bankruptcy protection to shield itself from a lawsuit seeking to repay thousands of people whose digital currency is now missing.
The U.S. filing made in Dallas late Sunday supplements a bankruptcy petition that Mt. Gox submitted in Japan at the end of last month.
Mt. Gox was once the world's largest exchange specializing in bitcoins, but now finds itself in a financial mess after losing about 850,000 bitcoins valued at $473 million, according to court documents.
Although it's based in Tokyo, Mt. Gox is opening a bankruptcy case in the U.S. in an attempt to delay a recent federal lawsuit filed in Illinois on behalf of all U.S. residents burned by the exchange's abrupt demise.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Chemicals maker DuPont says its first-quarter results could be hurt by extended cold weather and winter storms in North America and turmoil in Ukraine.
DuPont also says uncertain farming conditions may affect its results. The company did not quantify the effect of those factors.
FactSet says analysts expect DuPont & Co. to earn $1.68 per share in the first quarter.
For the full year, DuPont says those factors will be canceled out by greater global industrial production, lower agricultural expenses, and the execution of its business plan. The Wilmington, Del., company is still forecasting adjusted income of $4.20 to $4.45 per share.
Analysts expect $4.33 per share, on average.
Shares of DuPont rose 11 cents to $67.35 on Monday, then slipped 69 cents in after-hours trading.
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