Wednesday, November 30, 2011
PI Update: Will Island Remain In Limbo?
But what does this have to do with Pleasure Island? Well we know that whatever was planned for the Island after the clubs were shut-down in September, 2008 never happened. There were no takers for more restaurants and shops, at least at Disney's asking prices. One year ago Disney tried to jump-start interest by unveiling the Island's conversion to a place to be called Hyperion Wharf. That plan was shelved or at least indefinitely postponed this past Spring, to be reworked. A well-sourced rumor at the time indicated that outside vendors would be allowed to reopen the former clubs as clubs, just with different names. Yet that hasn't happened and here we are right now with a lot of unused buildings.
With Disney apparently facing scrutiny for any large projects, Hyperion Wharf can't happen for years as it's way too expensive. The simplest solution is to proceed with allowing outside sources to reopen some of the Island's clubs and start paying rent. No serious renovations would be needed to reopen Mannequins, 8TRAX, Soundstage and Comedy Warehouse. In fact, new state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems would be cheap outlays in Disney-terms and could be generating revenue within months of a green light. The prior rumor had new vendors operating under Disney's blanket liquor license, something allowed under Florida law. So that's not a stumbling block either. Disney needs to get on with this. Because if they don't, we're looking at many more years of nothing on Pleasure Island.
See the full Orlando Sentinel article here: Jason Garcia
*JASON GARCIA INTERVIEWED KINGBOB EARLIER THIS YR FOR A SENTINEL ARTICLE.