Spring Hill officials say Festival Tennessee likely dead - WSMV Channel 4

Spring Hill officials say Festival Tennessee likely dead

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SPRING HILL, TN (WSMV) -

From the beginning, it sounded too good to be true. And now, there's every reason to believe that the theme park called Festival Tennessee will not happen.

The multimillion-dollar park promised jobs, new businesses and even an NBA team for Spring Hill. But the developer, Dennis Peterson, was short on details and dodged our questions about his plan and his past.

At a news conference in March, Peterson claimed to have it all.

"Thank you so much for your support," he said at the time. "It is going to be wonderful."

The development promised two hotels, a theme park and thousands of jobs. But in Spring Hill, it has been months since the mayor has heard from Peterson.

City leaders wouldn't rezone the land for the project until they could hear specifics, which Peterson couldn't deliver.

"Well, I haven't heard anything about them," Mayor Mike Dinwiddie said.

The mayor doesn't agree with some residents who worry Festival Tennessee made the city a joke to observers.

"I don't think it's an embarrassment at all," he said. "Do I feel badly about, you know, swinging for the fence and not hitting anything? You know, not at all. I'd rather swing for the fence than not swing at all."

But the mayor admits the city should have handled Peterson and his plan differently.

"In hindsight, we should probably move a little slower," he said.

Mayor Dinwiddie told Channel 4 he's looking forward to another piece of economic development coming to the city of Spring Hill.

A new Wal-mart Supercenter is coming to town in September.

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