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Plans for 175-Foot Tall Ferris Wheel on Venice Beach Pulled

Plans to erect a 175-foot "Great Observation Wheel" on Windward Plaza have been put on hold.

The proposal to install a 175-foot Ferris wheel on Venice Beach has been put on hold.

Venice Neighborhood Council President Linda Lucks said Thursday that Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl called and told her that the application for the project was being pulled.

"That was good news," Lucks said. "There was a lot of opposition in the community and there was no mitigation for the additional traffic and people."

The United Kingdom-based operator hoped to install the "Great Observation Wheel" on Windward Plaza this summer. The proposal was met with skepticism at a community meeting and this week's Venice Neighborhood Council meeting.

apmarina April 20, 2012 at 06:34 PM
I think an alligator farm would be cool, they could live live in the canals. Oh wait nothing can live in the canals.
Paul Chavez April 21, 2012 at 01:31 AM
Curious to see how the community reacts to the proposal for a zip line over Venice Beach this summer -- http://patch.com/A-sBwT
apmarina April 21, 2012 at 08:08 AM
How about running the zip line over the canals filled with alligators? THAT would be interesting.
Fred Owens April 21, 2012 at 01:41 PM
I like the zip line -- it seems to be low-profile, low-impact -- kind of fun and a little zany. The conflict is between "cool" and "carnival." I remember the old Beatniks when there were still a few of them around in the 1970s -- they were cool, and their jazz music wasn't too loud. So I put myself in that school of cool. But the carnival, the hype, the razz-ma-tazz, has a tradition in Venice -- you know, diving horses and sword swallowing alligators -- so a zip line might be all right.
Erika Elayne Alexander April 21, 2012 at 02:35 PM
Too bad! Venice was born as an entertainment town and the homes were added as support for the people who worked there. Now it has turned into a bedroom community and residents do not want the entertainment. The wheel could have served as a gateway to a new pleasure pier in the future.

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