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Gazette Premium Content Va. Beach planners reject giant Ferris wheel

Associated Press Updated: April 10, 2014 at 6:30 am

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — Virginia Beach planners have rejected a company's proposal to erect a giant Ferris wheel at the Oceanfront.

Koch Development Co. wants to build a SkyWheel that would be 200 feet tall and 180 feet in diameter.

Media outlets report that the city's Planning Commission voted on Wednesday to deny the company's application for the project. Commission members voiced concerns about the location, which is in a park near the Dolphin Inn Hotel.

The hotel's owners have said that SkyWheel riders would be able to see into guest rooms. They're also concerned that the Ferris wheel's lights could bother the hotel's guests.

The City Council will have the final say. Council members are expected to consider the proposal in May.

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