SC amusement park closes business offices

Freestyle Music Park is closing its business offices and laying off about 30 employees as executives work to get new investors into the amusement park.

Park general manager Steve Baker told The Sun News of Myrtle Beach for a story Saturday that it was taking longer than expected to reach a deal between the park's current investors in Russia and the potential new investors. Park managers hope to reopen in the spring.

Many businesses, entertainers and vendors are awaiting payment from the 2009 season. Nine lawsuits and more than a dozen liens have been filed against the park for unpaid bills since July.

The amusement park was built two years ago as Hard Rock Park. It went bankrupt after the opening season, was sold last year and renamed Freestyle Music Park.