Mark Waddington of Redhead Lakeside Grill and Redhead Yacht Club spoke before the Camden County Planning Commission Wednesday evening about his plans for a new entertainment venue to the west of the Highway 5 Niangua Bridge.

A proposed new lakefront restaurant and bar and marina service center from W. Investments to be located just north of the Highway 5 Niangua Bridge was relatively well received at a permit hearing Wednesday evening before the Camden County Planning Commission.

While there was a small contingent of residents who attended the conditional use permit hearing for outdoor entertainment at the already commercial property as well as some letters in record, many of their concerns appeared to be allayed by the plans as stated in the permit application and by owner Mark Waddington.

Similarly to Waddington’s Redhead LakeSide Grill in Osage Beach, the proposed business at the former location of Forever Houseboat Rental Company would have a restaurant and swimming pool with outdoor seating and non-live and live music. 

As per other conditional use permits at lakefront entertainment venues, Waddington has agreed through the permit process to limit live music to noon to 9 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays and noon to 10 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and holidays. Business hours would be 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m.-midnight weekends. 

Niangua Falls restaurant and bar is located across Highway 5 on the other side of the point and Lake Breeze Point special events venue is across the main channel of the Big Niangua. Both have CUPs for outdoor music and entertainment with special provisions as well.

Waddington anticipated opening the restaurant and bar either in the spring of 2018 or the spring of 2019, if the CUP is approved. The venue would be seasonal, to be open around April through October.

According to Waddington, plans are preliminary at this point, but the marina design has been completed though it will be built after the restaurant/bar, the design of which is not yet done. 

Plans do, however, include a concrete wall on the cove side of the point property to block noise to the residential area. He estimated the closest home being 800 feet away.

A cliff backs the lakefront portion of the 8.8-acre property. The bridge/highway is on the other side. The restaurant will be in front of an existing manmade cave that would now serve as a storage area for the restaurant. 

The marina would be a service center only with no plans to rent dock slips, Waddington said. The site should have about 60 to 70 boat slips, but all will be for marina service or the restaurant, not for rental.

With neighbors concerned about rough wakes coming back into their adjacent cove, it was advised that Waddington has been permitted through Ameren Missouri to put in breakwaters between the existing large dock there and the bridge, but not cove-side. 

Residents addressing the commission also asked about the potential to make their cove a no wake zone, and were advised that they would have to see about that through the Missouri State Highway Patrol Water Division.

Wakes and noise were the main concerns for residents who attended the meeting.

Donna Bopp, who wrote in and attended the hearing in person to speak, indicated she was reassured by the information provided at the hearing and just asked that the commission help set up a “happy medium” for both sides. 

That feeling seemed to be prevalent with the other residents who spoke, many of whom were complimentary of Redhead Yacht Club as an establishment. 

In the 12 letters sent to the commission regarding the permit application, most focused on excessive wakes and noise in addition to general safety. Some simply opposed the CUP while others merely sought mitigation.

With opposition, the planning commission placed the case in old business to be decided at its next meeting scheduled in March.