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Lawsuit Ends in Loss of Lake Texoma State Park

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I began investigating the privatization of Lake Texoma State Park just over five years ago. I founded the Friends of Lake Texoma State Park and we got the Corps of Engineers to require a full EIS on the additional 1,022 acres of federal land which the Tourism Department is attempting to broker on behalf of Pointe Vista Development. WE raise the question to the Governor and Tourism Secretary Snodgrass: How do you plan on effecting the transfer of these park lands since you abandoned the federal Environmental Impact Statement in late 2011 without notifying either the press or the public stakeholders?

Lawsuit Ends in Loss of Lake Texoma State Park

From the Durant Democrat, June 16, 2016 - S.L. Willis, guest columnist

[This is a not so brief summary of what happened at Lake Texoma State Park.]

It continues under terms of the state land commission’s secret “Pointe Vista Settlement Agreement.” It will not be completed until they have sold the 50 acres repurchased from the failed developer on May 12th. But, that’s not all that’s contained in the “settlement agreement.”

Remember: Pointe Vista was released from their development requirements, and they were allowed to keep over 700 acres of Lake Texoma State Park. Parts of their land contracts were honored, just not the parts that required the development!

The CLO agreed to honor Pointe Vista’s June, 2008 contract with the Tourism Department. They will continue to pursue the additional Area C federal land, (1,022 acres including all of the campgrounds and hundreds of acres of shoreline south of the park), on Pointe Vista’s behalf. Even though there really is no “Pointe Vista Development.” It was all just a con, an illusion that served the purpose of taking The Park. Looks like it doesn’t it?

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