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  • Village trustees pen letter of opposition to Gators expansion

  • Village of Four Seasons Trustees last month voted to send a letter to the Camden County Commissioners and the Camden County Planning & Zoning Commission opposing proposed zoning changes regarding plans advanced by Gary Prewitt, owner of Shady Gators and other property outside the boundaries of the Village.
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  • Village of Four Seasons Trustees last month voted to send a letter to the Camden County Commissioners and the Camden County Planning & Zoning Commission opposing proposed zoning changes regarding plans advanced by Gary Prewitt, owner of Shady Gators and other property outside the boundaries of the Village.
    The letter, written by Village Chairman Arnold Sandbothe, was entered into the minutes at the Aug. 13 regular meeting.
    The rezoning, if approved, could allow for construction of nightly rental cabins and a retail general store/deli.
    “The Village Trustees are very concerned for the well-being of not only their residents but of all residents of Horseshoe Bend if the proposed rezoning is approved,” Sandbothe said in the letter.
    Many of the individuals who signed letters of opposition are residents of the Village and of Horseshoe Bend, Sandbothe noted, even though the subject property is outside the Village by about 1.5 miles. The letter cited other concerns if the rezoning is approved, and the projects move forward:
    •Place additional press on law enforcement
    •Increase road traffic on Bittersweet Road to a dangerous level
    •Increase the likelihood of property damage and vandalism in the neighborhood
    •Would not be compatible with the surrounding residential neighborhood by disrupting the peace and tranquility of the area
    •Would negatively affect property values
    •Would increase the wear and tear on roads
    The rezoning issue is scheduled for consideration by the P&Z Commission Wednesday night, Aug. 20.
    Other business, trustees:
    •Accepted the only bid for liability insurance from Naught-Naught Agency. Basic cost is $16,357, but trustees decided to expand the liability limits from $2 million to $5 million at an additional cost of $4,091. The board also included terrorism coverage for $34 more per year. Total cost to the Village will be $20,482.
    •Authorized a payment of $2,106 for additional hiking and biking trail work from Carl’s Village Market to the Lake Ozark Fire Station.
    •Learned that sales tax revenue is up about 7 percent from a year ago, and that revenue from building permits is up 18 percent.

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