by Bill Barber
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The tallest Ferris wheel in the eastern United States, a 200-foot-tall, $12 million wheel with a million LED lights and 42 air-conditioned gondolas, started spinning in Myrtle Beach on the South Carolina coast.
The SkyWheel is expected to help draw visitors to center of the downtown Myrtle Beach where a new 1.2-mile oceanfront boardwalk opened last year but which five years ago lost the oceanfront Pavilion amusement park.
The wheel takes riders for a 12-minute spin above the beach and each night will feature a computerized light show.
The Myrtle Beach attraction is of the same design as a wheel on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls and dominates the skyline along the beach district in a resort that is the heart of South Carolina's $18.4 billion tourism industry.
March 8th, 2012
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