2003-08-08 / Community

‘World of Fun’ Runs Risk of Going Dark

By Elizabeth Roth
‘World of Fun’ Runs Risk of Going Dark By Elizabeth Roth

Paul "Buddy" Miller, an affable southern gentleman in his early sixties, is the current head of a small dynasty. Five generations of his family have been involved in "World of Fun" a traveling fair based in Florida. That fair made a big hit last year in Far Rockaway, and the Community Board and locals asked him to return this year to bring some levity to an area without many recreation amenities other than the beach. Paperwork problems, however, have forced the fair to stall for weeks, awaiting permission from the city for his fair to open. It’s a delay that Miller and his family carnival cannot afford.

In order to be able to run their operation in New York City, the fair has to get a permit from the Department of Consumer Affairs fifteen days before the intended start-up date. Miller says that he brought his papers in and got them marked received on July 21. So where is the fair? Bureaucracy land, Miller says.

"All we want to do is bring safe affordable family entertainment to the Rockaways, at time when our youth need something have something to do. Why would they try to keep us away?" Miller says. "Without this, I’m afraid we can’t make it."

Miller is afraid that any further delay in opening his fair in Far Rockaway will result in the demise of his fair.

The World of Fun contains rides, games, food and drink, and contemporary Christian music.

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