Fun magnate Tilman Fertitta unveiled his plans today for turning the old Flagship Hotel pier in Galveston into a -- wait for it -- a "world-class amusement park for all ages."
Scheduled to open in May, the project will look (and cost) a whole lot like the Kemah Boardwalk, another Fertitta property, but will have a more "nostalgic" feel.
"Much of our plans for redeveloping the Pier are inspired by the people and places that define Galveston's rich heritage," Fertitta said. "We intend to perpetuate that vision with Pleasure Pier and create a lasting legacy for future generations. We have a proven track record for projects of this magnitude and complexity, and understand what is required to convert today's battered pier into a world-class venue."
The map shows the venue will include something called "Lolli & Pops Candy Shoppe," and who doesn't love anything that's a "shoppe"?
Galveston officials waxed enthusiastic about the project.
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"Galveston Historical Foundation is pleased to see this section of the Seawall and city revitalized with new attractions and a renewed spirit of heritage tourism," said Dwayne Jones, Galveston Historical Foundation Executive Director. "Pleasure Pier will soon be one of the most popular points to visit in Southeast Texas as visitors and residents will once again experience the thrill of amusements and entertainment over the Gulf of Mexico."
Three million visitors are expected annually, the company said.