City officials have had an up close and personal look at plans to return a Cyclone Racer roller coaster to Long Beach's tourist district, now it's the public's turn.
Designer Larry Osterhoudt is scheduled to lead a presentation on the privately financed project at the "Open Up Long Beach" event at 7 p.m. at the Long Beach Ground Water Treatment Plant, 2950 Redondo.
Osterhoudt says he has studied the original Cyclone Racer, which reigned at Long Beach's beach-side Pike from 1930 to 1968, so he can recreate an exact replica. He is scheduled tonight to show footage of the original coaster and discuss how he can reverse engineer a new one from this. Residents are also going to hear about the investment, development and construction processes.
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Among those pushing for "King of Coasters" 2.0 is City Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske.
"This Open Up Long Beach is a chance to learn about how a major attraction and business could be brought to our city," he says in a statement from her office. "Private investors working with the city could create a great tourism opportunity and give our downtown businesses an additional revenue from the visitors it would attract."
Something else Schipske says the project will bring--something that will ring in the ears of many voters when she runs for mayor next year: jobs.