Coney Island 8 Back on the Boardwalk?!? Agreement Is ‘Really Close’

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Photo: Jim Kiernan

Coney Islands future (or its immediate future, at least) looks bright: Two months before opening day and a day before the Coney Island 8 and Zamperla were due back into court, a source tells Amusing the Zillion that Zamperla is prepared to offer leases to Rubys, Pauls Daughter, Cha Chas, and five other boardwalk fixtures for the 2011 season. Attorney Marc Aronson wont yet confirm any details, but tells Grub Street, Were working on something thatll be an amicable resolution for all the parties and something thatll be really just for both sides, and were really close. He says he expects tomorrows court date to be postponed for a weeks, at which point well finalize the details of the stipulation or agreement.

According to Amusing the Zillion, the lease would keep the businesses in the same location (except for Shoot the Freak, which will be replaced by the Scream Zones entrance) until November 1, when theyll have to clear out. Theyll pay $100,000 for the season as in previous years, and wont be able to bad-mouth Zamperla (and were assuming Sodexo and Central Amusement International), whove taken big hits to their public image but now seem to have gotten their heads out of the sand. Needless to say, this news, if it pans out, is going to carry us through the rest of this cold winter.