Airstreams along Interstate are revvi...

Airstreams along Interstate are revving up controversy

There are 48 comments on the WTSP Tampa Bay story from Feb 5, 2008, titled Airstreams along Interstate are revving up controversy. In it, WTSP Tampa Bay reports that:

A month ago, RV dealer Frank Bates planted eight trailers nose-first on 5 acres along I-4. His inspiration was the famous Cadillac ranch in Texas.

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Dayton, OH

#1 Feb 5, 2008
Keep it going, it's Art. All old foggies close your blinds please.

Tampa, FL

#2 Feb 5, 2008
This is considered news????
Ms Bea

United States

#3 Feb 5, 2008
I dont even live in Dover and
thinks this is wonderful. I
remember these from my haydays
in California. We actually
use to go eat at the resturants
made of the Airstreamers. KEEP
THEM I'd like to seem them along the road like the Cadillac Ranch

Saint Petersburg, FL

#5 Feb 5, 2008
Ms Bea wrote:
We actually
use to go eat at the resturants
made of the Airstreamers.
Those must have been tiny.

Spring Hill, FL

#6 Feb 5, 2008
Bates has been warned that his project is creating a tremendous safety hazzard.

The aired story also shows where someone was pulled off the side of the road to take pictures.

Everyday I travel Interstate 4 in front of Bates project too and from my way to work and constantly see people parked on the side of Interstate and sometimes crossing the lanes of Interstate.

A high school is scheduled to start in the immediate area of his project along with a new weigh station. McIntosh exit is immediately in front of his exit.

Like or dislike; safety trumps.

Those who like the project most likely would not like as much if their loved one or friend was killed because of Bates's negligence.

The code enforcement has issued him violation notices and he continues to put the public in harms way.

Bates's compares his exhibit to the Cadillac Ranch. Cadillac Ranch does not have it's exhibit next to an already dangerous heavy traveled Interstate 4. The Cadillac Ranch is in the middle of the desert where the public can observe in a safe environment.

Spring Hill, FL

#7 Feb 5, 2008
I think he should move to a place that is proper for this kind of thing.

Spring Hill, FL

#8 Feb 5, 2008
I think Bates should move it to another location that is better suited.

Spring Hill, FL

#9 Feb 5, 2008
I did not realize Bates's Airstream Ranch was in violation of zoning codes until the story was aired.

Anyone knows perfectly well he is advertising.

Violating zoning laws and posing the Airstream Ranch as art is being shady.

I wonder how shady his business tactics are with his clients if he is this shady to knowingly violate zoning codes.

It would definetely turn me off.
your dad

Saint Petersburg, FL

#10 Feb 5, 2008
I think Bates should move to a place that is proper for this kind of thing.

Spring Hill, FL

#11 Feb 5, 2008
I looks like a micky mouse, copy cat, mess. There is nothing art about putting junk airstreams in the ground. How long did it take to erect? A day? Most artists would agree it takes a consumable amount of time create art.I would think airstream collectors and dealers would be ashamed of Bates's rendition of the Cadillac ranch. It is hideous.

Gibsonton, FL

#12 Feb 5, 2008
Regardless if you like the way Bates is advertising his business or not (and that is exactly what he is doing), the fact remains that someone could get seriously hurt or killed running across the interstate to take a picture or gawk. Also since there is no evidence of the Air Streams being anchored in the ground, what will happen when a hurricane hits-and folks this is hurricane territory. Say nothing about the teens who might find it fun to venture out on the property at night to do more graffiti and get hurt. Come on-there is a place for stuff like this but not where it is where accidents can happen. Is the advertisement worth a life?

Gibsonton, FL

#13 Feb 5, 2008
I own 8 acres and I have a small appliance business.Bates has influenced me with his wonderous art and so instead of hauling my old, rusty washing machine, refrigerator and dryer bodies to the dump, I shall now create ART!
One of the old foggies

Gibsonton, FL

#14 Feb 5, 2008
Remember the recent pile up in January where lives were lost? That was caused by fog and smoke. I would hope that crazy advertising stunts would not cause another one. I drive 1-4 morning and evening and see cars pulled over on both sides of the road even tho it is against the law to do so unless the vechicle is disabled. They are taking pictures of upended Air Streams! Maybe in another location this could be acceptable, but not abutting interstate 4.

Gallatin, TN

#15 Feb 5, 2008
What is this RV dealer thinking? Why on earth would someone want to go to this dealership with eye sores like this embedded in the ground? It's tactless and I feel sorry for the surrounding community that has to look at that everyday! Their marketing techniques need to be more welcoming and pleasing to eye - to say the least! I would be embarrased to shop there.

Spring Hill, FL

#16 Feb 6, 2008
It's a joke.

Tallahassee, FL

#17 Feb 6, 2008
Who the hell cares about some trailers in the ground.

I would consider it art to some degree and most of art is ment for advertising so I don't see the big deal other than violating zoning laws. That was probably a stupid mistake because he will definately have to move it.

In my opinion, if the add does not appeal to you then ignore it. You think I enjoy looking at all the retirement advertisements with senial fools on it? Not everything in the world is ment to please you people. Atleast it is not another loud neighbor that keeps you awake at night.

And as for the ruberneckers, idiots with nothing better to do are always going to be doing stupid crap around anything large enough for there half-blind eyes to see.

Lithia, FL

#18 Feb 6, 2008
Do we have to wait for a death on the I-4 because of this display of Airstream trailers? When this happens, these trailers will disappear faster than the lawyers filing a wrongful death suit in court.

Spring Hill, FL

#19 Feb 6, 2008
Amen Grumpy. I could not have said it better myself.

Tampa, FL

#20 Feb 6, 2008
It's no more of an eyesore than a theme park or shopping mall!

Spring Hill, FL

#21 Feb 6, 2008
I have some old lawn mowers that i can bury face down and make art. I will remove the engines and drain the fuel and oil and have my own Snapper Ranch. If Bates is allowed to do this, i will too.

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