Guests could stay in rooms themed after the biblical King Solomon's Temple or go to a juice bar named the Garden of Eden if a planned $30 million Christian-themed hotel about 20 stories high is built in Socastee, which is located in Horry County near Myrtle Beach. The building, to be located on the Intracoastal Waterway behind Socastee High School, would be the tallest in the area.
The hotel, to be called Big Top Resort, could also include a water park, a bowling alley, a restaurant and stores aimed at creating a family-friendly atmosphere, said JoAnn DeKind, who is trying to build the resort. It would also have a domed roof where people can walk around, she said.
The land is zoned resort commercial, which means there is no height limit. If DeKind meets the county's regular zoning requirements and can find a way to pay for the estimated $30 million project, the resort would not need a vote from any county boards. An informational meeting, though, will be held in January.
The resort would have about 480 rooms, and DeKind said she hopes to have it open sometime in 2010.
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