Developer Gary Prewitt and his company that operates Lazy Gators on Horseshoe Bend have the option to bring a high-profile case back to the Camden County Planning and Zoning Commission, but as of now, the lakeside complex on the 7 mile marker of Lake of the Ozarks remains closed for business.


Developer Gary Prewitt and his company that operates Lazy Gators on Horseshoe Bend have the option to bring a high-profile case back to the Camden County Planning and Zoning Commission, but as of now, the lakeside complex on the 7 mile marker of Lake of the Ozarks remains closed for business.

The Camden County Commission voted Monday morning to keep its temporary restraining order against Glacier Park Investments, LLC — operator of Lazy Gators — in effect as Prewitt and the county government continue a legal battle over property zoning. The Camden County Commission filed the restraining order on Dec. 23, 2010. Lazy Gators is a seasonal business, but a prolonged legal battle could impact its 2011 operations.

“It’s just a temporary restraining order. At this time, (Prewitt) is not in business anyway. (Lazy Gators) is not in business at this time,” Camden County Commissioner Beverly Thomas said.
Lazy Gators opened in 2009 in spite of a ruling by the Camden County Planning and Zoning Commission that the property next to Shady Gators, an on-the-water bar and grill, remain zoned residential. Lazy Gators operated with Shady Gators’ catering license. Its patrons are considered guests at private parties.

“One thing I’m not going to do is not have parties on the point,” Prewitt told the Camden County Commission at meeting on Feb. 22.

Prewitt estimates that his companies have spent $2.9 million tearing down the house that once stood on the end of Sweet William Road and building the swimming pool, buildings and landscaping that make up the Lazy Gators complex. It is because of those expenses, Prewitt says, that he must continue his court fight.

While the lawsuits in the dispute continue in the court system, Glacier Park may apply to have the property rezoned because a period of one year has expired since Glacier Park last applied to have the property rezoned from residential to commercial.

“At this point in time, I think it would be fine if Gary chooses to apply for Planning and Zoning, but I think we have to continue the TRO,” Thomas said.

Presiding Commissioner Kris Franken abstained from the vote.

Contact Rance Burger at rance.burger@lakesunonline.com.