Ghost Town in the Sky and Steve Shiver are in the news again, finger pointing on the local ABC affiliate after a landslide originating in the bankrupt amusement park, managed by former county manager Steve Shiver, caused significant damage. The Smoky Mountain News reports: "It could take months or even years for lawsuits over a massive landslide in Maggie Valley to be resolved, leaving affected property owners in limbo over who is financially responsible for the damage to their homes. The landslide originated from Ghost Town in the Sky, a mountain top amusement park, where a giant system of terraced retaining walls gave way. N.C. Geologist Rick Wooten does not believe the slide was solely due to natural causes, but could not be more specific."
The Asheville Times: "Ghost Town in the Sky as recently as two years ago paid a contractor to rebuild parts of a retaining wall that gave way in a mudslide more than a half mile long. The amusement park made repairs to the structure above Rich Cove Road in 2007 and 2008 after a wall that had been in place for years started to fail, Steve Shiver, the park's chief executive, said Monday. Shiver, while mayor of Homestead, Florida, regularly belittled environmentalists for resorting to lawyers and engineers in their effort to stop the conversion of the Homestead Air Force Base to a planned commercial airport. He told the Smoky Mountain News, "“Obviously there is a responsible party, but I am going to let the engineers and attorneys figure that out,” Ghost Town CEO Steve Shiver said.
"Eventually the truth will come out," says one contractor.