A plan to convert decommissioned oil rigs into luxury hotels. It should work. If it’s anywhere on or next to the ocean people will pay truckloads of money to go there. I sort of like BLDGBLOG’s failure scenario though.
Of course, if the real Dubai is any model for what might actually happen with such a resort, then we’ll probably see dozens of oil rigs partially converted to luxury hotels only then to be abandoned by their construction crews and investors. As the lands of southern Louisiana continue to disappear into the Gulf, heavily armed refugees on fishing boats will move out to sea, recolonizing the derelict structures. There will be campfires at night, burning driftwood, and specialty gardens.
Within four or five decades of inconsistent contact, the Library of Congress sends out a new, 21st century Alan Lomax to visit those thriving offshore subcultures and record their folk songs and oral histories.
Either way, it’s probably better to put them some use instead of just destroying them with explosives.