The Lake Race 2013 in early June has received mixed reviews.
Three individuals closely associated with the Offshore Super Series-sanctioned event near Bagnell Dam June 6-9 thanked the Lake Ozark Board of Aldermen for their support of the event, and said from their perspective and feedback the weekend went well.
"I'd like to thank the mayor and the board for allowing this to happen," Jeff Carroll of Bagnell Dam Strip Association said.
He applauded the work of the Lake Ozark Police Department and city staff involved in coordinating traffic and pedestrian flow.
"We learned we need to make some adjustments," Carroll admitted.
Shutting down Bagnell Dam to traffic was also a plus for the event.
"Everyone did a great job, and thanks to everyone who helped. We hope to have it again next year," Carroll said.
Radio station manager Dennis Klautzer, also thanked the board and administration for allowing the Lake Race to come to Lake Ozark.
His station coordinated a television broadcast of the event, which generated a 3.5 rating for both Saturday and Sunday racing. He compared that to a 4.5 for the World Series.
He said he received an email from a Hot Springs, Ark., viewer who wanted to bring his family to the Lake of the Ozarks. A caller who had seen the broadcast diverted a trip to the lake to take in the excitement.
"I'm glad you are forward thinkers to bring this to the lake," Klautzer said. "It shows people what we have here."
Mike Shepherd, one of the Lake Race Committee members, also praised the city for its forward thinking. The race showcased the lake, he said, and racers loved the lake and appreciated the reception they received.
The OSS board chairman was equally appreciative and said they hope to return to the lake next year, according to Shepherd, noting the event was well run.
Shepherd said Capt. Matt Walz of the Water Patrol Division of the Highway Patrol was also complimentary. There were only two negative calls to the Patrol relative to the weekend.
There was no discussion or input from the board of administration.
Those comments were in contrast to a memo sent to the board and administration by Lake Ozark Police Chief Mark Maples.
"The boat race was a first-time event for the city and police department," he said in his written comments. "Like most first-time events, it had several issues that will need to be addressed if it (the race) is to be considered again."
His report said:
•Race volunteers were few and unreliable.
Page 2 of 2 - •Road closure was difficult and several businesses complained about a portion of the Strip being closed to thru-traffic.
•Passes for the event were not cleared by the LOPD. Numerous passes were provided to the public, but LOPD staff was unaware of who was and was not part of the event.
•Traffic control consumed 95 percent of officers' time. An estimated 12 cars were towed due to parking issues and violations on Valley Road, which is clearly marked.
•Open container violation was an issue on Friday more than other days.
•One vendor appeared to be serving food and alcohol without proper permits, although that claim could not be corroborated by law enforcement officials.
•There were issues with golf-type vehicles, Gators and off-road vehicles on the Strip with no apparent official status.
•Police overtime cost the city an additional $2,000. That does not include Missouri State Highway Patrol or Camden County Sheriff's Department.
•Police dispatch overtime cost $684.32.