As 2012 winds down, the Lake Sun looks back at some of the stories that made the biggest impact in Camden, Miller and Morgan Counties.
The biggest story in 2011 spilled over in to the first half of 2012. Property rights remained in limbo along the shoreline of the Lake of the Ozarks. But by Feb. 1, Ameren Missouri filed a new Shoreline Management Plan with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission nearly four months ahead of schedule.
Commenting and discussion followed the filing, but many saw the move as a resolution to nearly a year of worry.
In what was heralded as a major victory for thousands of lakefront landowners and the area in general, FERC issued a momentous decision June 5, upholding the rights of property owners and giving Ameren the right to redraw boundary lines to resolve ownership issues.
The boundary lines generally follow the 662 foot elevation except in some upstream areas where it follows higher elevations and carve-outs were added to remove existing commercial and residential structures from the boundary.
Reactions from property was generally positive, but doubts linger. Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler penned a bill that would remove FERC's control of the shoreline and put it back in the hands of local citizens.