With 2018 behind us, the Lake Sun looks back at the stories that we believe had the biggest impact on the Lake of the Ozarks region.

7. Cutting edge education

Everything from changing policies to new programs announced in 2018, focused on student success in the classroom and beyond. A new program at Lake Career and Technology Center to promote the marine technology program is expected to boost not only skills but enrollment. LCTC announced a  partnership with Yamaha Marine Group  for the marine technology program. Eldon schools implemented new programs including a later start time and breakfast for elementary through middle school students to improve student success. A joint effort between the Eldon and Camdenton career centers lead to the creation of an apprenticeship program under the umbrella of the Missouri Registered Apprenticeship  Program was launched.  The program prepares students for employment by providing skills, training and tools for careers in various industries and trades. Missouri State University expanded higher education offerings in the lake area through a Camdenton-based learning center. The classrooms use a software program called Zoom to live stream classes from other locations into classrooms in Camdenton. The classrooms have live audio and visual options so students in one location can communicate with instructors and students at another location.


8. New P&Z code proposed

Camden County Planning and Zoning was back in the news in 2018 with the announcement that the major overhaul of the land use code, first undertaken in 2015, was ready for public review. The proposed changes came with some surprises and have not yet been adopted. More adjustments and review are expected in 2019. One of the most significant proposed changes and surprise to those who attended hearings in 2015 introducing the overhaul was a proposal to eliminate lakefront setbacks in residential zones with the caveat that the setbacks would only be eliminated where there were community wastewater systems and no need for extra space for an on-site system. There was opposition to that proposal from residents but also from Ameren Missouri. The utility company operates Bagnell Dam and owns the Lake of the Ozarks through a license with the Federal Emergency Regulatory Commission. With a shoreline management plan that includes keeping residences off the project boundary line for environmental and potential flooding reasons, they were not in favor of removing the setback requirement.