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Updated 7/27/13: Noise complaints from nearby residents have been made, see below for details…
Construction on the footers and foundation for the new 335 foot Falcon’s Fury drop tower continues at Busch Gardens Tampa. In the last two weeks more and more steel beams, ranging in length from 100 to 220 feet, have been driven into the ground each night to provide a solid base for the tower which will rise above.
Most work is being done outside of park hours, although occasionally the smaller of the two cranes has been operating during the day. We’ve seen it moving the steel beams into place to be driven in to the ground at night.
The concession stand that closed with the beginning of construction on Falcon’s Fury now has a temporary replacement. The pop up tent serves much the same that was previously available, including dippin’ dots. It’s located across from the construction walls near Scorpion.
According to a story on local television station Bay News 9, several residents near the park have made complaints to the city regarding construction noise at night. The pile driving is apparently loud enough to wake up some residents. The closest residence is about 1/4 mile west of the construction site.
The story does quote the park’s spokesperson as stating they are operating within the noise levels allowed by the local ordinances, but the city has asked the park to hire a third-party to conduct noise level tests.
Also of note in the story is that the first phase of the new ride’s construction is expected to be completed in mid-August. This likely refers to the pile driving that has been going on for the past several weeks.