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Wanted: Public input into Lake Ozark Comp Plan update: The City of Lake Ozark has issued a special invitation to its residents and business owners to help shape the future of the community. The second of three public Focus Sessions on updating the city’s Comprehensive Plan will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 23, at Willmore Lodge, 1 Willmore Lane, Lake Ozark.  Housing and infrastructure are on the agenda. The final session will be held July 22. The turnout at the first Focus Session in May drew about two dozen individuals to discuss economic development and quality of life, creating a useful dialogue that city staff and plan developer Lake of the Ozarks Council of Local Governments will use in developing the new Comp Plan. Focus Sessions are open to residents, property owners and business owners in City of Lake Ozark.  The plan, which is a long-term guide for the community, hasn’t been updated since 2006. While the city’s economic base and infrastructure have evolved in the last decade, the city’s master development plan has remained unchanged for some 15 years.  Citizen participation is highly encouraged to develop a comprehensive plan which will guide the City of Lake Ozark in decision making for future development that suits both City of Lake Ozark and the community.  “The plan gives the city a vision as to how it wants development in the future,” LOCOLG Executive Director Linda Connor explained when the board voted last year to move ahead with the process. “We want to make sure we put in the plan what the city wants to look like in the next 10-15 years.” An updated Comprehensive Plan is important when the city applies for state and federal funds. “A new Comprehensive Plan will serve as the guiding force for the city as we continue to grow in the near future,” Fry said. “This document will provide a rationale for decision-making for our boards and commissions and will also show the world what the priorities and direction are for the City of Lake Ozark.” Anyone who has questions pertaining to the focus session can contact the Lake of the Ozarks Council of Local Governments at 573-346-5692 or email [email protected]     

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Lake Race draws top boats and crews in the nation

One of the premier national boat races is coming back to Lake Ozark.

The OPA-sanctioned Lake Race, one of 13 scheduled across the country, will be held June 3-5, with the actual race taking place Saturday, June 5. The race was suspended last year because of the fear of COVID-19, and the previous year it was held at the 7-mile mark near Camden on the Lake and Shady Gators.

The race will be headquartered on The Strip with staging at Neon Taco (formerly Beaver’s). 

Sanctioned by Offshore Powerboat Association and APBA, Lake Race attracts the fastest and most powerful boats in the world to compete. The 4-mile race course begins at Bagnell Dam with turns two and three at about the 2-mile marker between Lotell Hollow and Jobson Hallow. The no-wake zone extends to about the 3-mile mark and along both sides of the course.

(See attached map)

 

Street Closures

As part of the Lake Race, Bagnell Dam Blvd. will be closed twice during the weekend.

•Friday, June 4, from noon to 11 p.m., from Ballenger Road to Valley Road. Access to Ballenger Road would remain open.

•Saturday, June 5, from 6 a.m.-7 p.m., from near the White House to the Union Electric/Ameren Road – including Bagnell Dam.

One of the highlights of the three-day event is Friday’s Lake Race Street Party from noon to 11 p.m. from Luby’s Plaza to Bagnell Dam. The street will be closed so racers and vendors can display their race boats, transport rigs and other boat-related accessories. 

The race organizers have coordinated their plans with the Lake Ozark Police Department and also have contracted with Central Missouri Security for additional security.

 

National exposure

Dennis Klautzer, whose media company will be broadcasting the event, said KRMS will be handling both radio and television broadcasts.

“For the first time, a live national broadcast will take place at the Lake of the Ozarks,” Klautzer said. 

Fifty television stations representing 40 million viewers nationally will have access to the Lake Race. Klautzer and his staff will be preparing a series of vignettes highlighting Lake Ozark and the Lake of the Ozarks that will be showcased during the broadcast.

“We want to tell a good story about our paradise,” he said.