WINTER HAVEN, Fla. -- Cypress Gardens postponed its reopening until
Oct. 1 because of unforeseen difficulties in refurbishing the
grounds, a spokeswoman for the attraction said.
The new owner, Kent Buescher, who purchased the property in
January, had targeted Memorial Day weekend for opening.
"There is really no change from the plans we released," said the
spokeswoman. "The difference is when we were digging down to put in
the foundations for the rides, we were finding things underground
that were not shown on any maps."
Also, the buildings are in worse shape than previously believed,
she said. "About every building needed a roof. Many are having to
be completely restructured. Some are being torn down and
Contributing to the delay is a spike in demand for concrete
because of rising exports to China, India and Iraq.
The park closed in April 2003 after 67 years of operation.