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Operator of SkyZip attraction sues Dollywood over rollercoaster construction "damage"

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The operator of the SkyZip attraction at Dollywood is seeking more than $1 million in damages from the park, claiming that construction work on a new ride has damaged its ziplines.

Dollywood recently received approval for its plan to construct a major attraction close to the entrance of the Skyzip, and is widely expected to install a new rollercoaster in time for the 2012 season. As part of the planning application, the park revealed that it would carry out "considerable" excavation work on the hill beneath the SkyZip platforms.

Skyline Eco-Adventures, which operates SkyZip, claims that the work has damaged the attraction's ziplines. The Knoxville News Sentinel reports that this has left the attraction unable to open to the public, causing a loss of revenue to the operator. As a result, it is seeking compensation of $790,200 (the depreciated value of the ziplines, which originally cost $990,000), plus damages.

For its part, Dollywood claims that SkyZip ceased operations on May 26, 2011 when a tree fell onto the ziplines during a storm. However, Skyline Eco-Adventures claims that the construction work contributed to the incident. It also claims that had the incident occured during operations, it could have caused serious injury to riders on the SkyZip.

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