Top 10 Stories at Lake of the Ozarks in 2017 includes a new site for TCE in Camdenton and the demolition of a vintage motel and restaurant to make way for a new development.

9. New Superfund site in Camdenton

Previously unreported claims of toxic chemical dumping by former employees of a Camdenton manufacturing plant were corroborated by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources which recently recommended a building that currently houses a fishing tackle supplies company to be added to the Environmental Protection Agency’s list of active Superfund sites. Located on US 54, the building was once used as a temporary operations facility for Dawson Metal Products when a fire in the early 1970s temporarily closed the facility located on Sunset Drive. Former employees detailed the dumping of trichloroethylene into the ground and test results analyzed by MDNR confirmed the presence of the carcinogenic compound around the site, though not at actionable levels. MDNR will continue to monitor the situation to confirm the results released in 2017. 

10. Goodbye Golden Door, Hello Osage Beach Commons

The city of Osage Beach welcomed yet another Tax Increment Financing (TIF) project into its economic development pot with the announcement that Osage Beach Commons would be coming to town. Osage Beach Commons will become a $30.5 million commercial and retail endeavor and is earmarked for completion in about a year. In its wake, two iconic businesses were torn down — Jake's Steak and Fish, originally the Happy Fisherman, and the Golden Door Motel. Both were cornerstones of the area on Osage Beach Parkway near Passover Road for decades. Osage Commons is scheduled to open in about a year.