Ups and downs seen over proposed Ferris Wheel

Ferris Wheel

The Ferris wheel that may one day rise in Sandestin was built in 1962. It was notably in the film "Big," as well as holding a spot at a N.Y. theme park.

Special to The Sun
Published: Friday, November 9, 2012 at 09:27 AM.

The Village of Baytowne Wharf hopes to join the ranks of London, Dallas, Chicago and Seattle with a famous Ferris wheel right out of Hollywood.

“High profile Ferris wheels are beginning to be a real In-vogue thing,” said Laurie Hobbs on behalf of Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, though she isn’t directly involved with the project. “This is something Sandestin has been thinking about … It’s something people are gravitating toward.”

And pending county approval, one of these relics of amusement park nostalgia may be coming to Sandestin.

The future placement of the 60-foot Big Eli 16 on Cannery Lane is hinging on approval from Walton County’s planning commission. The project first came before the planning commission at its Aug. 1 meeting, then again at the Sept. 5 meeting.

But Sandestin says that though they are “exploring options,” talk about the Ferris wheel is “premature” until the county gives its approval.

“We will abide by approval process and parameters set forth by the county,” said Hobbs.

‘A hell of an adventure’

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