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The Roller Coaster Next Door

A roller coaster has opened up right next door to a family's summer home in the Houston suburb of Kemah -- a town with no zoning ordinance.

"The new next-door neighbor isn't getting a big welcome from the Killion family in the Houston suburb of Kemah."

"It's a 96-foot-tall, wooden roller coaster called the Boardwalk Bullet. It opened for business during the weekend -- just a few dozen feet from the Killion's weekend, ocean-facing cottage."

"The compact roller coaster was built in a one-acre area because Carol and Coy Killion refused to sell their house to Landry's Seafood Restaurants, which runs the Kemah boardwalk."

"No public hearing was ever held to inform residents about the coaster. But Kemah has no zoning ordinance, and Kemah officials say the coaster met all setback requirements."

Full Story: Family's weekend home sits next to new wooden roller coaster


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