The Kentucky museum that presents human history based on a literal interpretation of The Bible will once again open its doors free to the public on Christmas Eve to express its appreciation to the community and as “a gift modeling the free gift of salvation provided by Christ,” before the holidays.
When Gov. Steve Beshear held a Capitol news conference to announce potential state tax incentives for an amusement park built around a life-size Noah’s Ark earlier this month, he cited a feasibility study that predicted the park would attract 1.6 million visitors in its first year.
However, neither Beshear nor other state officials had seen or read the study, which was commissioned by Ark Encounter, LLC, the group building the theme park.
The state doesn’t have a copy of the report, according to responses to requests under the Open Records Act sent by the Herald-Leader to the state tourism and economic development departments and to the governor’s office.
Officials with Ark Encounter also declined to give the Herald-Leader a copy of the 10,000-page report, including its 200-page executive summary.
Earlier this month, Beshear told The Courier-Journal’s editorial board that he had looked at the numbers, but a spokesperson later said the governor hadn’t seen the report, and was referring to the group’s application.