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City reiterates need for businesses to follow the rules: City of Lake Ozark officials have a stern warning for businesses that sell alcohol within the city limits: Follow the rules or face possible suspension of your liquor license, or even worse your business license. A local bar/restaurant recently violated city code when an employee allowed patrons to consume alcohol outside the boundaries of the premises three days in a row without the proper licensing. The business owner had acquired the proper state license but had failed to obtain a catering license from the City of Lake Ozark. Both licenses are required by law before alcohol can be consumed off premises – even then, the exact boundaries of the off-premises consumption must be outlined in the catering license application. The issue arose when the bar/restaurant owner applied for a temporary catering license at the regular May 11 board of aldermen meeting for additional dates throughout the summer. The license was ultimately approved, but not before city staff and the Chief of Police scolded the bar/restaurant manager about the incident and warned him not to let it happen again. “It was made clear to that business that he had to have a local city permit, but still continued to serve alcohol in the parking lot in violation of Missouri law,” Police Chief Gary Launderville said. “I have a hard time with the board okaying anything for this business. The license clearly states that the business is subject to all ordinances of the City of Lake Ozark and that the owner and employees agree to that, yet he violated those rules Friday night, Saturday night and Sunday.” City Administrator Dave Van Dee reiterated that both state and city permits are required before alcohol can be served or consumed off the premises of a bar.  “The chief wants to know that the board understands that if it happens again the Police Department will issue citations and will forward the information to the proper state agency,” Van Dee said. City Attorney Christopher Rohrer confirmed the violation. He witnessed the incident Saturday night of that recent weekend and alerted the chief of police. Rohrer noted during the meeting that the police department is stretched well beyond its manpower with other issues and shouldn’t have to deal with permit violations when the owners or managers knowingly break the rules. The business manager, given an opportunity address the board, said it was a misunderstanding as to what constituted the bar’s premises. He assumed it included the tent outside the business. “The minute your patrons left your doorway and went to that tent, they crossed that line and put you and your license in jeopardy,” Van Dee said. The bar owner said there are posted signs that alert patrons about taking alcohol off the property. “I don’t see any ambiguity in this,” Mayor Dennis Newberry said. “It’s your job as business owner to know the rules and regulations.” Chief Launderville said he and his officers will be watching closely for any violations and will take appropriate action which could include a citation or shutting the business down. “From my perspective, we definitely want to support the businesses, but we also want to send a clear message that businesses must comply with our code,” Van Dee said. “We want to be user friendly and want businesses to be successful, but we have to have their cooperation and follow both state and local liquor laws. The responsibility is on the business owner, in my opinion.” The city administrator stressed that following the rules and regulations of both the city and state applies to all businesses, not just those that serve alcohol.   


Lake of the Ozarks Magic Dragon Street Meet Nationals Car Show

The popular 33rd annual Lake of the Ozarks Magic Dragon Street Meet Nationals car show will be held Thursday, April 29, through Sunday, May 2, on The Strip in Lake Ozark.

The car show returns to its normal slot on the calendar after being delayed several months last year due to the fear of COVID-19.  

The Street Meet Nationals is a unique show for all makes, models and years of cars, trucks and motorcycles. The Strip will be closed to normal traffic during show hours (about 6 a.m.-6 p.m.) on Saturday, May 1, so only show vehicles are allowed within the boundaries. This allows spectators to browse through the hundreds of vehicles that will be staged from Henderson Road to Bagnell Dam.

Residents who live within the car show perimeters will be required to have a “Resident Pass” to drive through car show to reach their residences on Saturday during show hours. Residents should have received their passes by mail. The passes are being distributed by the Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, 1 Wilmore Lane in Lake Ozark. Vehicles without a pass will not be permitted to drive through closed roadway on Saturday.

With The Strip closed, vehicles wishing to cross Bagnell Dam will use Valley Road.

Spectator parking will be in the large parking lot at the bottom of The Strip, below the dam, at Lake Ozark Christian Church and Christ the King Lutheran Church. Handicap parking will be available in the Heritage School parking lot.

Shuttles will run all day from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. with multi-passenger golf carts and shuttle buses. Shuttle stops will be located at the top and bottom of The Strip and about mid-way on The Strip.

Special features

•Bigfoot is coming back, and it’s not the elusive creature that allegedly roams the backcountry. Back by popular demand, the Bigfoot monster truck will be on display toward the top of The Strip.

•Several lake-area schools will be participating in a pedal pull building contest, also toward the top of The Strip. Students will build functional pedal pull vehicles from kits to be displayed and judged. There won’t be actual pedal pulling. 

And so forth…

•Some folks say that the Lake of the Ozarks, which is over 90 miles long, looks like a big dragon from the air as it winds through the central Missouri hills. Several years ago, it became known as “The Land of the Magic Dragon”. At the first car show in 1987, the name “Magic Dragon” was used and it has stayed with to this very day.

•For public health, signs are posted on the Bagnall Dam Strip urging everyone to practice social distancing and multiple hand sanitizer stations have been provided by the City of Lake Ozark.

•The Lake Ozark Daybreak Rotary Club is giving away a 2021 Chevrolet Camaro with proceeds donated to local organizations. For more information check the club’s Facebook page.

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Tentative Schedule

Thursday, April 29
Noon-5 p.m.
Street Meet participant registration, Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, 755 Bagnell Dam Blvd.

Friday, April 30
6 a.m.-8 p.m.
Street Meet participant registration, Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, 755 Bagnell Dam Blvd.

Noon-5 p.m.
Magic Dragon Street Meet show hours

5-10 p.m.
Tunes from Cool 102.7.

Saturday, May 1
6 a.m.-6 p.m.
Bagnell Dam Blvd. closed to traffic from Henderson Road to Bagnell Dam. Registered vehicles only on The Strip.

6 a.m.-Noon
Street Meet participation registration at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, 755 Bagnell Dam Blvd.

8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Street Meet Nationals show hours

8 a.m.-7 p.m.
Spectator parking shuttle service hours

5 p.m.
Daybreak Rotary Muscle Car giveaway
50/50 raffle winner announced at Main Stage

5:30 p.m.
Pedal Car Challenge Awards and Auction

Sunday, May 2

8 a.m.-1 p.m. 
Street Meet Nationals show hours

8 – 9 a.m.
Judged vehicle parking only

9-11 a.m.
Vehicles to be judged must be in designated area no later than 9 a.m.

9:30 a.m.
Non-judged parking opens

1 p.m.
Awards at Main Stage