The battle between the county and developer Gary Prewitt over Lazy Gators is heating up. According to reports, Camden County has filed a motion in court to close down the venue permanently. The County has been battling with Prewitt over the use of the property since 2009, but Lazy Gators has been allowed to be operated under a caterer’s license and disconnected from Shady Gators, the facility Prewitt runs next door. The motion that was filed prohibits any commercial activity including selling alcoholic beverages, playing music or use of the facilities in a commercial manor. The court hearing has been scheduled for December 17th.
The future of the Camdenton Memorial Airport is still up in the area following a heated board of alderman meeting this week. Over a month ago, city officials taking advice from the airport advisory board elected to change the name of the airport allowing for more tourists to locate the lake area with a stronger name that could show up in airport books, whereas no lake area airport does now. The information was submitted to call it Camdenton Lake of the Ozarks Regional Airport instead of the current name. After hearing this, local veterans where outraged. The airport board came back with the idea of naming the field “Veterans Memorial Field” and actually erecting a monument to the veterans who have passed in previous wars. However, that seemed not good enough for some residents. Finally board members decided to once again send it back to the airport board to make sure “Memorial” comes back into the name. One board of Alderman member told KRMS News that the name change is part of the growth taking place at the airport attempting to attract people to the lake area and was never meant to be against veterans.
A new attraction is opening Thursday in the Lake area. Jeff Carroll, director of business development for Old Kinderhook says the grand opening celebration for their new ice rink is taking place this afternoon.
Today’s grand opening starts at four o’clock and will feature live music, a performance by the Mizzou synchronized figure skating club and four time Stanley cup champion and 1980 miracle on ice gold medalist Ken Morrow will be on hand to sign autographs.
There may be some changes coming to the city of Camdenton’s pit bull ordinance. The board of alderman met in regular session this week and discussed a recent incident in which Camdenton resident misty brown was told that she could not keep her American Bulldogs within the city limits as she was in violation of the city’s pit bull ordinance. The board did discuss the issue but took no official action but did ask the city’s attorney to draft a new dangerous dog ordinance that will be discussed at their next meeting. Until a new ordinance is adopted or a final decision is made, brown will need to keep her two dogs outside the city limits.
2015 revenues are projected to be over $9.6 million dollars while expenditures are estimated at just over $9.2 million dollars, leaving a positive balance of around $400,000 dollars.
Several arrests have been made over the past week by the Camdenton police department. 37 year old Tasha Judy of Camdenton was arrested for supplying alcohol to a minor while 75 year old Shirley brown of sunrise beach was charged with driving while suspended and defective equipment. 68 year old john long of Camdenton was arrested for parole violation while 43 year old Tracy pierce of also Camdenton was picked up for probation violation, and 30 year old Nicole Weems was arrested on a Camden County warrant for failure to appear and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.