Posted on July 15, 2015 - 03:00 PM
by Valerie Littrell
Shootout Meet and Greet returning to Lake Ozark!
The Shootout Meet and Greet is returning to Lake Ozark.
The board of aldermen unanimously approved a permit application Tuesday night paving the way for the Wednesday, Aug. 26, event on the Strip. The Meet and Greet moved to the Laurie City Park for a two-year hiatus from Lake Ozark after Laurie opened its park to alcohol consumption and made road improvements to accommodate the huge boats and rigs.
But the lure of the Strip’s natural setup, the tradition of the Meet and Greet on the east side of the Lake, better public parking availability and the numerous restaurants and bars along Bagnell Dam Boulevard prompted Shootout officials to move back to Lake Ozark. In addition, falling attendance at the event in Laurie last year was a factor.
City Administrator Dave Van Dee was especially appreciative of the cooperation between Lake of the Ozarks Shootout President Ron Duggan, the Shootout Committee and Bagnell Dam Strip Association representative Jeff Carroll. Van Dee said the Shootout Committee offered expanded details on the application that helped clarify some questions.
“We had good discussions,” the city administrator said.
There was no move to lift the open container ban as was the case for the Lake Race in early June when three bars/restaurants petitioned the city to allow open containers in a restricted environment.
Lake Ozark officials said the event will be a Meet and Greet, not a street party. Racers will park their boats down the center lane of the Strip for public viewing, and racers and their support teams will be available to visit with residents and visitors.
Boat owners and racers wishing to participate in a Boat Parade will begin staging on Rt. 242 east of Bagnell Dam Blvd. about 2 p.m. Aug. 26 and then leave about 4 p.m. for the short trek to the Strip by 5 p.m. The Strip will remain closed from School Road to Bagnell Dam from 3:30-10:30 p.m.
A 16-foot emergency lane will be maintained along the entire closed area. Anyone needing to access a particular business will be escorted by a Shootout official in a golf cart to that business along the emergency lane.
Motorists will be notified of the road closing throughout the day Aug. 26, and businesses will be notified of the street closing so employees can park off-site prior to and during the even.
Parking will be available at the Christ the King Lutheran Church, the Lake Ozark Christian Church, the old Mills Elementary School parking lot and at the Iguana Watersports’ riverfront area below Bagnell Dam.