SC State Parks: “Want Fries With That?”
We know one website features real news and the other features fake news, but we’re not always sure which is which.
Take this story from The (Myrtle Beach, S.C.) Digitel, which outlines the state of South Carolina’s plans to open “Micro Malls” within its state parks as a way of subsidizing costs to taxpayers. In addition to mini-McDonalds and Starbucks, private firms would also offer paint ball and Zipline activities.
Pretty cool, huh?
In case you’re keeping score at home, the S.C. Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism (SCPRT) is set to spend a record $69.9 million in the coming fiscal year – on top of the $64.8 million it’s spending in the current budget (also a record).
Sadly The Digitel post was a joke … the website’s version of an April Fool’s Day prank.
That’s too bad …
South Carolina has no business running a state parks system – just as it has no business subsidizing advertising for a specific segment of its economy. Our park system should have been privatized years ago, and the businesses that benefit from our state’s tourism economy should pay for their own marketing efforts.