Tweetsie Railroad to be rescued by Wa...

Tweetsie Railroad to be rescued by Watauga County

There are 20 comments on the Asheville Citizen-Times story from May 21, 2008, titled Tweetsie Railroad to be rescued by Watauga County. In it, Asheville Citizen-Times reports that:

Watauga County commissioners voted unanimously on Tuesday to spend $3.15 million to help resolve a land dispute that threatened the future of the theme park between Boone and Blowing Rock.

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bwh

Casar, NC

#1 May 21, 2008
Its good they are doing this. I am past 60years old now and remember going to Tweetsie Railroad and the park when I was a small boy, with my family. The commissioners done the correct thing here.
Yeh I said it

Asheville, NC

#2 May 21, 2008
I couldnt agree more Bwh. Tweetsie is one of the few positive things out there for our children. I too have very fond memories of time spent here as a child as Im sure thousands if not millions of other adults do.. In my opinoin this is one of the most reasonable "pay outs" our local Gov. has made in along time..
Jackson County

Cullowhee, NC

#3 May 21, 2008
I grew up in Watauga County and have very fond memories of Tweetsie. I'm glad someone is keeping it alive.
Frank Rizzo

Raleigh, NC

#4 May 21, 2008
What an excellent expenditure of tax payers money. Not. How about the owners of Tweetsie purchase the land with their own money.

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Since: Feb 08

Edge of the Earth

#5 May 21, 2008
Frank Rizzo wrote:
What an excellent expenditure of tax payers money. Not. How about the owners of Tweetsie purchase the land with their own money.
If you had bothered to read the whole article, you would have seen that it states that the owners of Tweetsie will be repaying the county, plus interest and expenses. It's not uncommon for local governments to make economic loans. No doubt Tweetsie brings in tourist dollars to the area as it has done for decades, so sounds like a good thing for all involved.
Taxpayer

Asheville, NC

#6 May 21, 2008
Mountain Laurel wrote:
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If you had bothered to read the whole article, you would have seen that it states that the owners of Tweetsie will be repaying the county, plus interest and expenses. It's not uncommon for local governments to make economic loans. No doubt Tweetsie brings in tourist dollars to the area as it has done for decades, so sounds like a good thing for all involved.
Who knows if the owners could afford to purchase the property or not. Im guessing they probably could, but I dont know that they would have. The positive effects tweetsie has brought to the area for a number of years, not to mention the profits to local business as well as local gov. from this investment are far greater then the investment itself. Who wouldnt want in on that.
George

Atlanta, GA

#7 May 21, 2008
Frank Rizzo wrote:
What an excellent expenditure of tax payers money. Not. How about the owners of Tweetsie purchase the land with their own money.
Hmmm. I suppose the county could keep the money and use it for welfare or illegal immigrants. Now THAT would be "wise" use of taxpayer dollars! Why not make an investment in the local economy. What good is government if it dosen't protect the local citizenry, and that includes economic protection, as well.
native

Asheville, NC

#8 May 21, 2008
Hey...Can I get the county to negotiate a dirt level price and then have a low interest loan to buy my house? It's real pretty...lots of people say so.
mytwo

Raleigh, NC

#9 May 21, 2008
I too have fond memories and would rather take the family there to spend my money than venture out of state for an amusement park- heading to Tweetsie in a week or two.
duh huh

United States

#10 May 21, 2008
native wrote:
Hey...Can I get the county to negotiate a dirt level price and then have a low interest loan to buy my house? It's real pretty...lots of people say so.
I think the difference here is that this is a revenue driver for that area bringing tourists to the town so it has its benefits to all parties involved, not just tweetsie.
native

Asheville, NC

#11 May 21, 2008
duh huh wrote:
<quoted text>
I think the difference here is that this is a revenue driver for that area bringing tourists to the town so it has its benefits to all parties involved, not just tweetsie.
I live in a very pretty part of N. Asheville that brings tourists every day...We have folks snapping pictures of our house and yard all the time...I'm sure they all bought hotel rooms and meals...Why don't I qualify?
2cents

United States

#12 Jun 23, 2008
Great way to spend our tax money! Living in Boone there is alot that the community needs. Also the article states that the county will lease it to them for a few years. If tweetsie can not buy it, then the county has the option to sell it. Gee I wounder if we will get any of the profits when the area properties prices go up! I agree that we need to cater to tourism but i really dont understand why they can't cater to the locals. Property prices have sky rocketed and anyone who is local can not afford it! I hear every day kids getting in trouble why doesnt the county cater to getting a YMCA in here! The county wants more people to come in. Great idea! But why dont we expand the infastructure at the same rate. Back to tweetsie I think they should have bought it not rent it from the county for a dollar a month!
welp

Vilas, NC

#13 Jun 23, 2008
why dont we jus go ahead and build another high school while we are at its only money right.
2cents

United States

#14 Jun 23, 2008
sure why not Lenoir and Wilkes county didnt have a problem
itstheeconomystu pid

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#15 Jun 24, 2008
2cents wrote:
sure why not Lenoir and Wilkes county didnt have a problem
sure they did, ready for your 22% tax increase?
miracles

Lenoir, NC

#16 Oct 16, 2008
We see the tax increase in Lenoir but we don't see the improvements.
Keith former Gun-bunny

United States

#17 Oct 17, 2008
bwh wrote:
Its good they are doing this. I am past 60years old now and remember going to Tweetsie Railroad and the park when I was a small boy, with my family. The commissioners done the correct thing here.
You are about as old as dirt. Not far behind though. LOL.
TWEETSIE LOVER MYSELF

Lenoir, NC

#18 May 26, 2009
I love TWEETSIE RAILROAD.So do my grandkids. I am glad they are doing this for T R .
Greg

Saint Cloud, FL

#19 Jun 4, 2009
Nice to see them stand up for something most white christian familys enjoy! The country is not a total loss!!!!
Local Guy

United States

#20 Jun 4, 2009
Greg wrote:
Nice to see them stand up for something most white christian familys enjoy! The country is not a total loss!!!!
So only white christian families matter? And I don't think race and religion had anything to do with this decision. It's called seperation of church and state.

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