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Venice Zipline: You Could Be Screaming Over the Beach This Summer

Venice is one step closer to getting a temporary zipline for summer. Area L.A. City Councilman Bill Rosendahl announced that the council unanimously approved a motion to draft a proposal for the California Coast Commission's OK.

Why does Venice need a zipline? Aren't bikinis, waves and a skate park enough to attract the masses?

Rosendahl said on his Facebook page that, in these times of tight city budgets, the gravity propelled attraction could "help generate revenue for increased restroom cleaning and trash removal along the boardwalk." And ...

... it would be fun.

The zipline concept seems to have replaced an earlier idea to install a massive "observation wheel" on the boardwalk that would have dwarfed your average Ferris wheel.

Rosendahl has said a zipline on the coast would be easier to install.

Venice Zipline: You Could Be Screaming Over the Beach This Summer

He wants this thing built this summer, which, technically, begins June 20: The proposal would head to the Coastal Commission for its July 11-13 meeting in Chula Vista.

After that, some quick construction, and three-months of zipline ecstasy, according to Rosendahl's plan.

Venice, once dubbed The Coney Island of the Pacific, has historically been a place for freak shows and tourist attractions. It still has Muscle Beach, the drum circle and cheap sunglasses.

The question is, hasn't Venice outgrown cheap thrills? You don't see Manhattan Beach trying to install observation wheels and ziplines, that's for sure.

[@dennisjromero / djromero@laweekly.com / @LAWeeklyNews]


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