There are now five people that have indicated they are running for the two seats up for grabs in the Nov. 6 Manteca municipal elections.
Retired Manteca firefighter Dave Breitenbucher is the latest to submit paper work to allow him to start collecting funds for a campaign. He is currently chairman of the Manteca Parks & Recreation Commission and is the Sierra High swim coach.
The others so far are incumbent Mike Morowit, Jose Nino, Christopher Silva, and Steve Williams. The actual filing for the office is not until this summer. Richard Silverman, the other incumbent, has opted not to seek a second term.
The 500-room, 109,767-square-foot indoor waterpark resort going before the Manteca City Council on March 20 for final approval is part of a national trend.
Not only does Great Wolf have 14 indoor waterpark resorts with three under construction in Gurnee, Illinois, near Chicago; LaGrange, Georgia, near Atlanta; and Bloomington, Minnesota, near the Mall of America but other firms are expanding as well.
This week plans for two more major indoor waterparks surfaced.
One is a $446 million indoor-outdoor water park and resort proposed as a new attraction in Branson, Missouri where there are already existing indoor water parks.
The Branson Adventures project would include a 100,000-square-foot water park and resort in Branson, including restaurants, a spa, alpine bike and rope courses, along with a whitewater rafting course.
Project developer David Cushman told the Springfield News-Leader that an indoor water park resort with a whitewater rafting course would be the first of its kind in the United States. He said the park could accommodate 200,000 people per year on site.
The other is in Bloomington where Great Wolf has one of its three resorts under contruction. The owners of the Mall of America hope to add a huge water park near the shopping center that the city of Bloomington would pay for and own. The park would be about 225,000 square feet and cost $150 million to $200 million.
Statista as of the end of 2017 noted the United States has 137 indoor waterparks. There are 97 in the Midwest, 16 in the Northeast, 13 in the South and 11 in the West.
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Where do the homeless go at night?
On Wednesday evening at 9 o’clock at least five of them were bunkered down on the northeast corner of Powers Avenue and Yosemite Avenue. Two were in front of the tanning salon, two on the side of the 7-Eleven and one behind the stores.
Since they were simply sleeping on private property and not camping per se they are not in violation of the city ordinance. And unless the property owner has a letter on file, police can’t chase them off private property unless the actual property owners makes a complaint. Such a letter allowed the police to legally respond to complaints from merchants and customers a year ago when the homeless were setting up camp under covered walkways long before the sunset at Spreckels Marketplace anchored by Food-4-Less in front of store entrances and the Chase Bank ATM.
Since the city has cleared out Library Park and Wilson Park the homeless have taken to crashing on private property in and near commercial areas.
For example, on Wednesday at 9 a.m. the homeless were asleep on two benches in front of the Manteca museum at 600 W. Yosemite Avenue with their belongings stacked nearby.
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