Aiken horse park expensive, study finds

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AIKEN - A new study suggests that while an international horse park near Aiken is feasible and would pour millions into the local economy, it would be expensive and require a lot of private money to build.

The Aiken Standard reports the study by University of South Carolina researchers found the project could cost more than $135 million. The study says a park could be built near Interstate 20 and be used for a variety of equestrian events.

It estimated the park could attract about 428,000 visitors a year, generate $38 million annually in direct spending and create 575 jobs.

But it also noted a park could hurt the city’s character and existing horse-related businesses. It also said there could be resistance to using public money for such a project.

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/17/12 - 03:51 pm
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I have some land out that way

I have some land out that way for sale.

corgimom
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corgimom 08/17/12 - 07:49 pm
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There is a big difference

There is a big difference between "could" and "will".

Aiken, take a lesson from Augusta.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 08/17/12 - 08:36 pm
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Plenty of money in Aiken for entertainment
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Why is this news? Betting on horse racing would be news.

augusta citizen
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augusta citizen 08/17/12 - 09:26 pm
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ya think?

"It also said that there could be resistance to using public money for such a project." $135 million, duh, ya think???

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 08/17/12 - 10:37 pm
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Don't Believe Studies

They only conclude what the commissioners of the study want to hear. The Associated Press wrote:

AIKEN - A new study suggests . . . an international horse park near Aiken . . . would pour millions into the local economy. . . .

Don't believe it! It will suck out more millions than it will pour in.

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KSL 08/18/12 - 12:40 am
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I would resist it. That type

I would resist it. That type of project needs to be in the hands of private, not public money, especially in the economy we have now. Teachers and public servants are not getting raises, but there may be some tax money that horsepark people can get at? I hope not!

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bdouglas 08/18/12 - 12:54 am
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Come on LL! They've already

Come on LL! They've already got 12 events scheduled for the new horse park in 2016! 10 family reunions, a birthday party and Deke's prayer breakfast that they don't want him to have in Augusta... It'll be a GOLD MINE!

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/18/12 - 06:07 am
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Bdouglas, that was funny.

Bdouglas, that was funny.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 08/18/12 - 06:42 am
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Can we get a schedule of prayer breakfast
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locations and times to see if there is a correlation with the shootings. It maybe something on the order of "full moon events"? Many of the new TV shows use psychic powers instead of scientific evidence to solve crime.

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agustinian 08/18/12 - 07:54 am
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Neighhhhhhh!

That's the answer from anyone with a little horse sense.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/18/12 - 12:14 pm
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Somehow I think $135 million

Somehow I think $135 million horse park might be better spent than a $100 million TEE Center and Laney Walker give-away.

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