Could a "destination" soccer tournament complex be the reason people come to the Lake of the Ozarks before and after the boating season? The Lake of the Ozarks Convention and Visitor Bureau thinks it is possible, citing a 2016 feasibility study that suggests such a venue could bring up to $75 million per year in economic impact to the Lake area.
Next week, the City of Camdenton and the CVB will be hosting two public meetings for anyone interested in the possibility of the projects to learn more:
Camdenton -- 6 – 7:30 p.m. on Monday, August 20, 2018 @ The Exchange, 57 Court Circle, S.W., Camdenton, MO
Lake Ozark -- 9 – 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, August 21, 2018 @ The Lodge at Port Arrowhead, 3080 Bagnell Dam Blvd., Lake Ozark, MO 65065
There will be a short presentation by the five-member team of XO Strategic, the company conducting the project analysis, followed by an open question-and-answer period. All residents, athletes, athletic and/or youth organizations, media, business owners and/or organizational and community leaders with an interest in a potential destination tournament soccer complex in the Lake Area are encouraged to attend.
"The CVB and Tri County Lodging Association (TCLA) have been studying for quite some time how we could bring additional visitors to the Lake of the Ozarks and increase the economic activity of the whole Lake Area," the CVB said in a press released. In 2016 the CVB completed a two-phase feasibility study conducted by Convention & Sports Leisure (CSL) on recreational complexes, which indicated the Lake Area could support a destination tournament soccer complex with 12-14 tournaments with 50-300 teams each weekend in the spring and again in the fall. The study estimated this would have a $75 million economic impact annually for the Lake area.
Since the completion of the feasibility study, the CVB, TCLA and the City of Camdenton have been working with Greg Cotton, the recent CEO of Sporting Kansas City, and his firm XO Strategic to complete the project analysis to determine if the Lake can indeed support what the CVB called an "enormous opportunity."
A recent (fun and unofficial) on-line survey was seeking opinions on the best burgers at the Lake of the Ozarks. Many different locations were mentioned, but the following 6 (in no particular order) came up with the most votes. There are plenty of good burgers at the Lake, so let us know what your favorite burger is?
Baba's Bistro in Camdenton
Chesnie's in Camdenton
Taboo in Laurie
Lucky's in Lake Ozark
Blondie's in Lake Ozark
Whittle's in Eldon
*Club Milieu to open
in Lakeshore Plaza at 5531 Osage Beach Parkway. A boutique coffee shop with
bubble teas and specialty sandwiches. It is also an information center for the
Lake area with discounts for many local businesses.
*Vintage Landing Proposed Senior Living Development on Horseshoe
Bend across from the Cove Golf Course entrance. Independent living, assisted
living, skilled nursing and memory care will be available.
*Wacky Knacky Diner is relocating from their current location
to a larger space in the Outlet Mall. Good food here.
Thunder Marine showroom is coming soon to the old Staples location at 3534
Osage Beach Parkway
*Sundancer Furniture at 5395 Osage Beach Parkway is expanding.
Check out their patio furniture, wall art and bar stools.
*Pappo’s Pizzeria is reportedly relocating to the recently
closed Kilt and Clover location at the Outlet Mall.
*L.O.T.O. Live is open at 5180 Osage Beach Parkway, across the
street from the Elk’s Club. It is a music/dance club and bar with live music.
*Fat Polly’s Pub is located by Resort at Port Arrowhead on
Bagnell Dam Blvd. Good reviews so far.
*Stage One has opened at 2545 Bagnell Dam Blvd. It is a venue
for live music, family karaoke night, teen dance night, ladies’ health and
wellness sessions, comedians and more.
Berra Real Estate Group, LLC has just leased space in The Lakeshore Plaza in Osage Beach to the new "Lake Fine Arts Academy & Galleria".
We wish them great success in their new business.
Here is more information from Dr. Paula Brown, the owner...
"I have finally started to fulfill a dream that I have had for a long time. Thanks to the support that I have from my family, I will be opening a business soon, “Lake Fine Arts Academy & Galleria” on the Osage Beach Parkway. The Academy will be established to not only provide art lessons to the young and more mature, but also to feature our local, state and national (hopefully international) professional artists artwork. They will be provided space to work and exhibit their talents. My goal is to create an art academy and gallery for patrons to visit, take lessons, observe artists at work and to sell original, quality fine art. I hope you take time to visit. I am opening the doors in May, with a Grand Opening planned for June 1st. The address for the Lake Fine Art Academy & Galleria will be 5513 Osage Beach Parkway, Osage Beach, Mo. 65065. If you are interested in starting lessons in drawing, watercolor, acrylic or oil, please call (573) 480-1887. I will be getting more information out soon".
Dr. Paula Brown
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