What’s happening at the Lake?
*Tourism tax for
soccer complex is defeated.
*First Watch Café to open in the old Bob Evans location in Osage Beach.
*Iguana Boats to
re-open under new leadership.
looking for options for major road improvements and parking along The Strip.
has begun on the Rope Course next to Tucker’s Shucker’s Restaurant.
final approval for new interchange with overpass by Ricks C-store.
on Horseshoe Bend closes. Will be converted to inside storage.
*Tropic Island Cruises for sale after 25 years in business. Owners retiring.
Mayor Proposes TDD,
Sales Tax Increase to Repair Bagnell Dam Boulevard
Gerry Murawski proposes using the funds generated by the formation of a
Transportation Development District to repave the road, construct a parking
garage, and continue financing the Bagnell Dam Strip Express bus line. The
pavement alone is estimated to cost about $3 million. Only voters within the
proposed district will be able to vote on the sales tax. If
the ballot language is approved it could go before voters in April.
*The Bend Grill and Bar opens on HH in the old Spiro’s/Savannah
*New upscale homes going up next to Blue Heron Restaurant on HH
*Blue Heron Restaurant closing after 35 years, Owner is
*Casey’s to open new store at HH and Bagnell Dam Blvd.
*Ruthie D’s restaurant closes for good after 15 years
*Horseshoe Bend Bark Park for dogs located on Cherokee Rd. in
Four Seasons. Open to the public, 24 hours a day at no cost.
*El Patron Mexican Restaurant opens in Camdenton.
*Tonka Hills Restaurant in Linn Creek to re-open soon.
*Kid friendly 4-level rope course to be opening in 2020 on Bagnell Dam Strip.
Berra Real Estate Group, LLC has leased commercial spaces to new businesses in Lakeshore Plaza in Osage Beach. Lake Fine Art Academy and Galleria opened several months ago and a wellness center/day spa will be opening in the near future. . We have 2 retail spaces left and one office space for lease. You may want to move your business to this active shopping center.
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.