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Ghost Town is again under contract.

Since mid-August, a man whose name has not yet been released, has been in a 120-day due diligence period, during which he has already put money into the property.

Linda Taylor, the semi-retired real estate agent who used to own and operate VIP Realty, is representing the buyer, with whom she said she’s done business before. She wouldn’t say much about what the potential buyer has put into the property, but she did say it’s been substantial.

“He’s putting money into the due diligence phase weekly,” she said.

In light of the serious vandalism that has occurred at the abandoned park in the last couple years, beefing up security has been one of the expenses, Taylor said.

“They’ve had big issues with vandalism, and quite a bit of money has been spent on … enhanced security measures,” she said.

Maggie Valley Police Chief Russ Gilliland said his officers have responded to three separate calls for trespassers on that property last month. On Sept. 22, three were arrested and one was charged with first-degree trespassing and attempted larceny.

“We’ve patrolled more regularly up there at the request of the people who have interest in it,” he said.

There have been no known instances of trespassing or vandalism in October.

Although Taylor wouldn’t give any information as to who this potential buyer might be, she said she is confident he has the means to do what others have been unable to in recent years — get the park back up and running.

“This buyer is in a different financial situation than the previous ones,” she said. “This is not his first rodeo.”

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