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  • Our view: Kudos to Osage Beach for finding solutions

  • The Osage Beach Citizens Advisory Committee faces a daunting challenge. It has been asked to help solve an economic disaster for most businesses west of the Grand Glaize Bridge on Osage Beach Parkway.
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  • The Osage Beach Citizens Advisory Committee faces a daunting challenge. It has been asked to help solve an economic disaster for most businesses west of the Grand Glaize Bridge on Osage Beach Parkway.
    The fault does not lie with the committee. It’s been handed a boondoggle, for sure. Much like applying a Band Aid to a broken leg. There is no short-term solution to the decline experienced by those on the west end.
    The west end has paid a substantial price for the highway improvements. Osage Beach has been put in a very difficult position.
    Kudos to Mayor Penny Lyons for realizing there is a serious problem on what’s been branded “the dead end west end.”
    Convening the committee may be a little late in the game, but at least action is being taken. After listening to business and property owners along the Parkway, the city has taken the first step in the right direction.
    The fact is economic activity has continued decline since the expressway through Osage Beach opened and the Parkway was closed off. Problems with the Key Largo intersection haven't helped.
    Some might say that's the price of progress but it appears Osage Beach isn't willing to settle for paying the price for that progress. They intend to find a solution.
    The committee meets again at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 17, in the lower level of the city hall. This time, the business community has been invited to participate and share its ideas. We hope to see a packed house.
    Osage Beach has been a leader in the lake area. This type of community involvement may be one of the reasons the city continues to grow.
    Time is short. The city will begin working on the budget in September. Solutions that would involve financial support from the city will need to be included in the budget discussions.
    The proverbial horse is out of the barn, so it’s important to move forward.
    Rehashing the obvious won’t solve the problem. Finding long-term, visionary solutions will.

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