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  • Letter to the editor: There’s plenty to do in west Osage Beach

  • I read your article last week on the west end of Osage Beach with comments from Kenny Homm of City Grill and others. I agreed with their points for the most part.
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  • *Editor’s Note: This opinion is in response to an article titled “We’re in desperation mode” published in the Friday, July 20 Lake Sun.
     
    I read your article last week on the west end of Osage Beach with comments from Kenny Homm of City Grill and others.  I agreed with their points for the most part.  
    What really disturbed me is the posts from local people and to a large part, I feel, the ideas of the newspaper itself that there is nothing on the west end of Osage Beach to draw anyone there, like it is a ghost town.  The facts state a far different story.  
    I have put together a booklet called Lake Fun for the last four years that is distributed mainly through the hotels, resorts, and condo complexes to visitors to let them know some of the attractions in the area.  
    Along with this we distribute a sheet titled 64+ Unique Venues.  It lists 64 unique activities that can be done here at the lake, an area of less than 20,000 in population.  
    There is a lot to do here.  
    Now for the west end of Osage Beach, there are 20 attractions on the west side of the bridge, eight on the east side and ten in Lake Ozark.  So for nothing to do on the west side, it is amazing that over half of the attractions in Osage Beach and Lake Ozark are on the west end.  It is just a shame that many local people don't realize what a treasure they have not just here in the Lake area with the 64 unique activities, but that 20 west end businesses offer 25 unique activities.
    The west end of Osage Beach is the attraction destination; you want something to do, go to the west end.  There is no changing the road, it is what it is.  
    We as a community have to change the perception of people, local people who don't know what is on the west end is a start.  The success of our communities relies on local people knowing what there is to do and helping tourists find what they want to do so they have a great time and come back to spend their money with the hotels, restaurants, stores and attractions.  If people can't find something to do, they won't come back.  
    Our goal as a community has to be to make sure that everyone comes back again.  We all have to work together, but we can do it and we have to if we are all going to survive.  
    Let's not keep crying over the road changes, but adapt, know our community and work together to be better than ever before.

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