Commotion Over 700-Foot Thrill Ride

Published May 12, 2002 by OCR Editor

Commotion Over 700-Foot Thrill Ride

Stratosphere casino resorts 700-foot thrill ride proposal has stirred a commotion amongst local residents and businesses, because the casino has yet to provide an evaluation on estimated traffic and noise that the ride could bring to the area.

The rides proposed plan would drop riders down the Stratosphere Tower, across Las Vegas Boulevard and up a steel tower facing Paradise Road. Apparently, Stratosphere has conducted its own test already, showing no major impact to the area, but has not presented it yet to the city or neighboring locals.

Towards the end of the week the Las Vegas Planning Commission will convene on the matter. However, those opposing the proposal feel that its to soon to make a decision since ample time is needed to review the evaluation results. Ben Contine, a local resident says, The Stratosphere has asked us to completely accept on faith that an over 600-foot roller coaster is going to make almost no noise and create no traffic problems.

Alarmco, an established business near Stratosphere, fears that the noise and vibration would hinder its monitoring equipment's performance. The company's attorney explains that, vibrations associated with the structure of the roller coaster or the noise created by the roller coaster could create false alarms of Alarmcos equipment.

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