In July of 2005, the first public rumblings of a theme park coming to Niagara County started to make their way around the region. In April of 2006, nearly three years ago, the local newspaper ran an editorial touting the virtue of the "Magical Lands of Oz Project". This project, which is to cost upwards of $1 billion, has been talked about for years. Wheatfield Supervisor Tim Demler has forever taken any opportunity he can to talk about his vision for the Oz-based theme park. Even in the 2006 editorial, Demler is quoted as saying, "The project has been moving steadily".
Fast forward to February 2008. In another US&J story about the time frame for the theme park, Wheatfield Town Attorney Bob O' Toole is quoted as saying, "We’re certainly not talking a year or two down the road, but I don’t think we’re talking tomorrow or the next day, either". It's a year later, Bob.
In the same piece, Demler states, "People have every reason to be cynical, but in the near future, they’re going to be pleasantly surprised". Okay, what do you consider the near future, Tim?
We apologize for being cynical, but we've had enough broken promises in Western New York. In addition, this theme park idea was conspicuously absent from Demler's 2009 state of the town address. The transcript of Demler's speech, which appeared in the Wheatfield Tribune recently, made no mention of this grandiose plan to create the theme park and its 5,000 accompanying jobs.
Personally, I've never thought this project would get off the ground. When you put guys like Rick Burch & John Simon in a room together, little good is likely to come out of it. But for the good of the people of Niagara County, someone either needs to come clean with the future and progress of this project or stop jerking our chain. We don't need anymore unfulfilled promises.