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Morning Buzz — Nov. 23, 2009

A daily digest of what’s going on in Fredericksburg, and what news from elsewhere is relevant here. Send suggestions to

Matt Kelly has summed up his argument as to why the city should not build new courts now on today’s letter’s page. Tomorrow, council members will be asked to vote to move forward with a plan to put a new court building on the current site of the Princess Anne Street fire station. Read about the case City Manager Beverly Cameron made to council members about the importance of moving forward now here

Kalahari’s expansion in Wisconsin Dells got some press over the weekend. A story in the Chicago Daily Herald reports that the $20 million indoor amusement park that Kalahari owner Todd Nelson decided to add to the waterpark hotel amid a down economy is doing brisk business, even though the hospitality industry as a whole is suffering. From the article:

The resort entertainment business was among the first to be scorched by the ripple effect of economic meltdown and the near instant back draft of consumer pull back. With markets and consumer spending in a negative freeroll, analysts’ warnings of caution have dead-stopped hotel and resort expansion dependent on bank financing.

But Nelson continued to think expansion. Last February, he brought in superstar rapper M.C. Hammer to launch the opening of the VIP lounge located at the top floor of the indoor theme park, and added 200 new jobs with plans for 200 to 300 more throughout the year.

It’s still unclear what the future holds for Kalahari’s plans to build its third waterpark hotel in Fredericksburg. Business reporter Bill Freehling spoke to Nelson last week, and he said he continues to look for financing for the $250 million project. He is still seeing a very tight credit market and extremely strict terms from any potential investors, but he said he remains committed to the project. 


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