The Ole Seagull


Does proposed Branson “thrill boat” attraction pose an unreasonable safety risk?

Posted in Branson,General,Opinion by The Ole Seagull on the February 23rd, 2017

The plans for a new “thrill boat” attraction on Lake Taneycomo at Branson Landing are well underway. This is what a similar ride looks like:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=24OXZT0EOPw

Attractions like this operate in other areas of the country. Just not on waters anywhere near as congested as Lake Taneycomo. Staying well under the public’s radar, the attraction has an unmarked dock at Branson Landing downstream from its Fountains. Its anticipated opening date is sometime in May.

One can only wonder in amazement how the government agencies responsible for public safety could, in good conscience, let something like this get this far without public hearings to address safety, noise, environmental, and other concerns.  This includes the City of Branson, City of Hollister, the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Water Patrol Division of the Missouri Highway Patrol, FERC, and Taney County. One would also think that the management of Branson Landing and Empire Electric would be interested in public comment on the issue.

Of even more consternation, is that Kanakuk Kamps, and the resorts  and property owners along the Lake Taneycomo shoreline are not up in arms. Safety issues aside, the operation of the new attraction will certainly add new meaning to “peace, tranquility, and relaxation on Lake Taneycomo.”

 

Can there be Christmas without CHRISTmas?

Posted in General by The Ole Seagull on the December 23rd, 2016

The “Grinch” never came any closer to stealing the true meaning of Christmas than has trying to be “politically correct.” In recent years, there has been a strong move to change the traditional Christmas greeting of “Merry Christmas” to the “politically correct” terminology of “Happy Holidays” or “Seasons Greetings.” What do “Happy Holidays,” and “Seasons Greetings,” have in common with “_ _ _ _ _ _ mas?” They both leave “Christ” out. So what? What does “Christ” have to do with the celebration of Kwanza, Hanukkah, Santa Claus, presents, office parties, red nosed reindeer, decorating trees, wreaths, holly, sleigh bells, retail sales, booze, atheism and feasting? Not much! (more…)

Isn’t the reality for Branson shows brighter if we all work together?

Posted in Branson,General,Marketing,Opinion by The Ole Seagull on the December 11th, 2016

“The question is, are there those in power in this city who are grateful for the decades of growth which the shows have provided this community and who want to help the shows recover in a protected and logical way, preserving that special and important element that has made Branson unique?” asked Sheila Dutton in her letter to the editor, published in the Dec. 7-8 edition of this paper. It was entitled “Outlook for Branson shows bright if we all work together.” (more…)

“Outlook for Branson shows bright if we all work together”

Posted in General,Marketing,Opinion by The Ole Seagull on the December 10th, 2016

As regards the Ole Seagull’s column on Sunday, we are very grateful to receive the corrected viewpoint of Jerry Henry. We hold him and his work in high regard. The problem that we see is that Jerry is a statistician who does a fantastic job of analyzing correlations, but correlations do not indicate causation. Other forces can be at play at the same time. (more…)

Branson mayor “bests” Pelosi for dumbest political statement ever?

Posted in Branson,General by The Ole Seagull on the November 2nd, 2016

Until this week, the dumbest statement that the Ole Seagull had ever heard a politician make was the justification that Nancy Pelosi gave for passing “Obama Care” when she said, “We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what’s in it…” Well, after hearing the comments of Branson Mayor Karen Best, regarding the request of the Branson League of Theatre Owners & Show Producers (the League) for marketing assistance, at the October 20 study session of the Branson Board of Alderman (Board), Pelosi’s statement is now the second dumbest thing he ever heard a politician say! (more…)

From a marketing perspective can Branson shows say, “We have met the enemy and it is us?”

Posted in Branson,General,Marketing by The Ole Seagull on the August 1st, 2016

Sadly, for many Branson shows, that might just be true. It’s no exaggeration to say that it’s a lot harder for shows to make it in Branson that it was 15 years ago. As Branson visitors enjoy all that Branson offers, all the shows, attractions, and other entities providing that experience, are competing against each other trying to entice those visitors to spend some of their money and time “with” them. Branson could have 100 million visitors but, as to individual shows, their success depends on how many of those visitors end up sitting in the seats of their show. (more…)

Ever wondered what side of the Conservative/Republican or Liberal/Democratic Fence you sit on?

Posted in General,Opinion by The Ole Seagull on the January 26th, 2016

Received this in my email this morning [Jan. 25, 2016] with no copy right or other certification that Jeff Foxworthy actually wrote or said these words. It’s forwarded on because, based on 75 years of living in America, an Ole Seagull believes that, in its majority, it express a truism that has forever changed America into something he doesn’t even recognize anymore. Although it’s in terms of “Republican” or “Democrat” he believes that the terms “Conservative” or “Liberal” could be interchanged with them.

“Republican or Democratic

The Fence Test… straight forward thinking.. by Jeff Foxworthy…

If you ever wondered which side of the fence you sit on, this is a great test! (more…)

It’s about a process and future of Branson shows not “the button”

Posted in Branson,General,Opinion by The Ole Seagull on the December 13th, 2015

First a suggested solution: Give the individual Branson show the option of having the link from the Branson Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce & CVB “Buy Now Button,” (BNB), for THEIR show listing on the “ExploreBranson.com (EBC) show page,” go directly to a page on the shows web site where tickets can be directly purchased OR, in the alternative, to a page of another web site, of their choice, from which their tickets can be directly purchased. i.e. The BNB for the “Bad Button Jamboree Show” could link directly to the page on the Button Jamboree Show web site where they directly sell their tickets to THEIR show or directly to a page on another website of their choice, from which tickets to their show can be purchased. (more…)

50K Plus Trout Kill At Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery in Branson?

Posted in General by The Ole Seagull on the November 17th, 2015
Empty raceways inside Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery on the morning of Nov. 17, 2013.

Empty raceways inside Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery on the morning of Nov. 17, 2013.

Rumors of a massive fish kill at the Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery surfaced the afternoon of November 16. This morning I went to the hatchery to verify the rumor. As I drove up to the hatchery building I observed people apparently removing fish from the outside raceways closest to the hatchery.

The photo tells the story of what was found when I went inside the hatchery. All the inside raceways that I could observe, which normally contain fry and the smaller trout that will later be released into the outside raceways, were bare. (more…)

Could Branson Airport be an important part of Branson’s future?

Posted in General by The Ole Seagull on the October 18th, 2015

In a word, “Yes.” Will it make or break Branson’s future, “No,” but then there are basically only three things an Ole Seagull believes could “break” Branson’s future. (more…)

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