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Miracle Strip Appeals New Rides at Pier Park

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A business once located on Pier Park property may now have some competition, and they aren't happy about it.

Miracle Strip at Pier Park changed locations earlier this year.

Now, a new amusement park could take it's old place.

The planning board agenda says Pier Park Amusement Rides is putting in a development order for ten rides at Pier Park in the same place that Miracle Strip at Pier Park used to be.

Miracle Strip Carousel LLC requested an administrative hearing saying they are an adversely affected party.

Although there have been some changes in land development code since the original park was there, the city says the order is consistent with the comprehensive plan, the land development code, and the development of regional impact development order (DRI).

Miracle Strip's owner, Jenny Meeks, believes the city is siding with big business.

"Mom and pops, we work hard, and we work hard for every dime we have," she says, "And we put a lot of time and effort in what we do. Any time someone else comes in and circumvents the process and things are easier for them, you do feel slighted."

Meeks says at the meeting it was decided that the planning board does not have jurisdiction over the DRI, and that the final decision must be made by the City Council.

The development order will continue to go forward until they meet on June 26th to discuss the appeal.

City attorneys still uphold that the development order does not violate any city codes.