I was so upset when I saw the article in the July 17, 2013, issue of the Focus about a Hollywood reality show featuring the Lake Ozark Police Department and the surrounding area.
The Board of Aldermen for Lake Ozark is actually considering signing over production rights to this California company because they believe the company will produce only a favorable and positive portrayal of the Lake of the Ozarks?
We all know this is nothing but a sham to highlight the depravity that has evolved in lake-area boating. We do not need any more exposure that features and encourages even bolder action.
We live at the mouth of a cove where there is a popular bar on the Gravois Arm. Boats totally disregard the law to produce no wake within 100 feet of a dock.
They often pass within 20 feet of our dock at full speed. At first, I was really mad about the boaters tearing up our dock; but now I am happy if they just have clothes on. We took grandkids over to the bar for lunch a couple of weeks ago and there was a man and a woman in the Ladies Room having sex.
The lake's reputation doesn't need any more exposure of the "reality" we live with here at the lake.
Having a reality show here is going to help whom? Is it just the potential to increase traffic to the lake for business? Are we really ready to give up the little bit of morality that we still have left?
All filming becomes the copyrighted material of the producer and Lake Ozark would grant it the right to "vary, change, alter, modify, add and/or delete from any of the material and to rearrange and/or transpose the material."
While I commend the current Lake Ozark Board of Alderman for its work to improve Lake Ozark, I sincerely hope they consider all the possibilities that could occur if they sign a contract giving all rights to content to a profit seeking, film company in the State of California.
Positive TV ratings don't necessarily result in a "positive image" for us.