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Sorry Venice Beach: City Halts Plan to Install 175-foot Ferris Wheel at Windward Plaza

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A controversial plan to erect a 175-foot Ferris wheel on Venice Beach has been scrapped, reports Venice Patch, and it was the City of L.A. that pulled the plug.Reportedly, Councilman Bill Rosendall called up Venice Neighborhood Council President Linda Lucks this week to let her know "that the application for the project was being pulled."

Initial plans were that the giant wheel would be installed on Windward Plaza - which is dedicated city park land - near the skatepark as early as this summer. The attraction would be operated by UK-based Great City Attractions and would have been done at no cost to the city. Rides would have cost $10-$15.

While some Venice residents thought the Ferris wheel would give the area a sense of revisiting its own history as an amusement park destination, many in the community opposed the plan, which did not seem to address the issue of extra foot and vehicle traffic at the site.