and Video Courtesy of FOX 35 News
By Derrol Nail
July 20, 2017
COCOA BEACH - He is the "King of Time Shares" in
Orlando, but on the beach just 40 miles to the east, the billionaire
owner of Westgate Resorts is being called a noisy neighbor who locals
say wants to be even noisier.
David Siegel is
asking the City of Cocoa Beach to approve the addition
of three outdoor amusement rides between the parking lot
and the beach at the Cocoa Beach Pier. But the owners of
the condominium next door, the Ola Grande, have asked
city leaders to reject the Pier's application to add the
"We're not talking about giant roller coasters," says
Siegel. "We're just talking about you know small rides
and something for the kids to do."
"Would you want
the rides a 100-something-feet from your house where you
are sleeping every night?" asks neighbor Terry Zittle.
The front door to his beachfront condominium opens right up to the
Pier's property, and he's not happy about a Pier proposal which he says
will add carnival style lights and noise.
|"People screaming, you know, when you
are on a ride you're screaming all the time. I don't know if
I'm ready for this."
The president of Ola Grande Condominium Association sent a
letter of opposition to the city, stating its owners --
mostly in their 60s and 70s -- believe noise, traffic, and
crime, will all increase in their neighborhood if rides are
built. Siegel says not so.
"It's definitely not going to be like Daytona Beach or
Disney World," he says. "It's going to remain the same old
Florida feeling that it currently has., with a little bit
more to do."