Cypress Gardens will close for 4 months

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (AP) - Cypress Gardens will close starting
Nov. 17 and reopen in March with an expanded water park - but
without its rides or animal attractions.

On Sunday, company officials said the 72-year-old park will
temporarily lay off some 200 workers.

The owners say the renovations come during a normally slow time
of year and the park will reopen just before the peak of the
tourism season.

In 2004, Adventure Parks Group purchased Cypress Gardens for $7
million. But the park was devastated by debt caused by the
hurricanes of 2004. In Sept. 2007, Land South Holdings, bought
Cypress Gardens in a bankruptcy sale for $16.8 million.

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