This news is hot from the personal blog of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the Australian entrepreneur who has become the ayatollah of Appalachia. As you know, ol’ Hambo is co-founder of Answers in Genesis (AIG) — described in the Cast of Characters section of our Intro page.
You’ve heard about Hambo’s proposed Ark Encounter — the latest project of his online creationist ministry. We last wrote about it here: Hot News about Ken Ham’s Ark Park. At that time their fund-raising had passed the $10 million mark, and some generous donors had just agreed to match year-end gifts up to $1.25 million.
Hambo’s new article is Ark Encounter Contract Signed. Wow — they’ve signed a contract! But a contract for what? Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
At the end of 2012, through God’s blessing, the Ark Encounter completed a matching gift challenge which exceeded its end-of-year donation goal of $3 million! The strong year-end giving will allow us to apply for all of the permits necessary to begin excavation and construction as the funding is provided. (AiG is about halfway to its overall donation and boarding pass goal!)
Let’s think about this. First, they’re “about halfway” toward raising the funds they need. Second, they’re not starting construction, nor (we’ve read Hambo’s article a few times to be sure) does it appear that they’re signing a contract for construction. They’re applying for permits they need “to begin excavation and construction as the funding is provided.” Okay, let’s see what else Hambo says:
The year-end donations also allow for our architects and engineers to continue to work on the necessary site and building plans for the Ark and other facilities.
That’s interesting. We hadn’t realized that the plans weren’t done yet. Now that work can continue. Let’s read on:
Last week, we signed the formal contract with the Troyer Group. We hope to have all of our construction permits in hand by November of this year (2013).
The article is vague about just what that contract is. If it were a construction contract, Hambo would surely say so. Our guess is that it’s a contract for conducting the permitting process, and it’ll take maybe a year to get the permits. There must be a lot of bureaucracy in Kentucky. Lucky for all of us that Noah didn’t have to worry about such things. Hambo continues:
With the contract signed and permit process underway, activity will increase on the Ark Encounter site in anticipation of — and in preparation for — the long-awaited construction phase.
In other words, their plans aren’t completed, they don’t yet have any construction permits or (it seems) a construction contract, and it’ll be at least a year before they they get the permits necessary so they can start construction — if they have sufficient funds, and they’re not yet halfway toward that goal.
So that’s the news. If you’ve been eagerly anticipating a visit to Hambo’s Ark, you’ll have to wait a little longer. But it’ll be worth it.
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