NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) -Olexandr Zonotopov is a developer, originally from Ukraine, but has been in New Orleans for the past five years. He wants to create something different along the riverfront. He calls it a family attraction and he believes it will boost tourism.Can they carry cars?
"Basically what it is, is a helium balloon and tied to a pier. It's basically supposed to take people on board and bring them up to 500 feet and provide visitors a view of New Orleans," says Zonotopov.
The proposed project includes a pier on the Mississippi River with an air helium balloon that would be anchored to the platform.
"You'd be able to buy the ticket to use the ride and we'll have a few tables where you'll be able to enjoy a beverage and a cold snack," says Zonotopov.
It would be called, ‘Vanilla Sky Café' and would be located just in front of Jackson Square in the Mississippi River.
Wednesday, June 04, 2014
If duck boats could fly
You know, we might could torture an innovative transit option out of this if there were two Vanilla Sky Cafes. Put one on the East Bank and one at Algiers Point. People could ride the balloon across for the price of a latte and a panini or whatever. Seems like this thing just goes straight up and down, though.