Landmark or Eyesore? PTL Castle Torn Down in Fort Mill

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by Marvin Beach
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FORT MILL, SC - "Each morning, I pass the castle. On the way home, I pass the castle." explains Paula Dockery.

But Saturday, all Paula Dockery saw was a pile of rubble.

The old PTL castle.. torn down.

For years.. it stood as one of the last remaining symbols of the theme park run by Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker.

"Actually, I'm glad it's down. I thought it was a little bit of an eyesore," Dockery says.

As hundreds of homes have sprung up.. complaints from neighbors in Regent Park have grown.

A developer has plans for the area near the castle... while the adjoining property is owned by MorningStar Ministries.

Now that the castle sits in rubble, questions remain about the fate of the old PTL tower which has sat empty, and unused for decades.

"Tower needs to go. Yep," says Fort Mill, SC resident Nancy Derenzo.

Neighbors like Derenzo say they're tired of promises made by MorningStar.

The group has wanted to turn it into a retirement community.. but plans haven't materialized.

"Either go, or fulfill what was said that would be fulfilled about the tower. Not just sit there as is. No way," Derenzo says.

For years.. Eric Kinsinger has rallied to tear down the tower.

His bumper sticker has faded.. but not his spirit.

"Those buildings just don't fit. It would be very odd to put something like that anywhere," Kinsinger explains.

As for now.. Dockery stops to take one last picture... with fond memories of the park that once stood here.

"I do know this history about it. But I think, the times have changed, it's time to go," she says.

Neighbors torn between the past and present.

 

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