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  • Lake view: Lake Race sets bad precedent

  • I just want to ask Ameren, the Missouri Water Patrol and the city of Lake Ozark what they were thinking when they sanctioned a boat race in June at the Bagnell Dam location?
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  • I just want to ask Ameren, the Missouri Water Patrol and the city of Lake Ozark what they were thinking when they sanctioned a boat race in June at the Bagnell Dam location? Those mentioned entities have sanctioned a boat race allowing the shut down of the dam road so a lot of drinkers can watch the race from the dam and put the people and city at risk for accidents. It sets a dangerous precedent as far as managing dam road traffic and the use of city police and emergency vehicles, as well as protecting the dam itself.
    How would an emergency vehicle get through a crowd if something happened? What about children leaning over the edge and possible crowd pushing? Isn't the Water Patrol worried about the congested area of powerboats and on-looking boats near the dam since it is a "dead end"? Has anyone thought of these possibilities?
     Now the Bagnell Dam Association is probably going to tell you that it is a family affair, but a bar located on the shoreline is behind the whole event even if they have so-called family-type sponsors. I also counted no less than eight bars presently open on the dam area Strip along with a Gentlemen's Club. Over half of the other store fronts are closed and/or for sale. The remainder only consist of a few tourist type industries with a Thai restaurant and a bread company.
    The bar activity is always in full swing versus any type of family activities! When is the city going to wake up to the problems these type of commercial activities cost the town in the long run, especially when they are located near the local elementary school?
    The local police department has had to enact strict guidelines just to control the drinking crowd along with emergency vehicle issues. We will never have truly family activities until "family friendly" tourist attractions and shops outnumber the bars in the area!
    I am disheartened that the city of Lake Ozark, Ameren and the Missouri Water Patrol has decided that a boat race is more important than the actual safety and well-being of the Bagnell Dam and the surrounding area of the Lake of the Ozarks! I'm sure our location was chosen not only because of the local bar location but because no one else wanted to deal with the ramifications. Evidently any activity is better than no activity as far as the Dam Association and the city are concerned.
    I think they need to figure out how to attract a tourist shopping experience by making it harder for people to keep opening bars and easier to open family friendly shops and use condemnation proceedings to get rid of decrepit and dangerous buildings!  

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