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New Marshall Co. Hotel Still Being Planned

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MARSHALL COUNTY, OK -- The drive to develop one corner of Lake Texoma into a major resort continues, but after years of talk many people are wondering where the plan stands.

Almost three years after a big ribbon-cutting ceremony, the area known as Lake Texoma State Park remains in limbo. Nothing has been built at the site of the planned Pointe Vista development, but a representative for the developer insists the plan is on track.

Local resident Bill Morgan says he has been hearing about the project for a long time. "They should have already had it started by now," Morgan says.

"People would have felt better if there would have been more activity going on all during this time, but just seeing it sit there in the bad shape that it's in has really got people discouraged," says state Rep. Tommy Hardin, R-Madill.

Pointe Vista manager Ryan Chapman says that workers need to remove asbestos from the old cabins before they can be demolished, and that they are still within their contract with the state, which calls for building a hotel in the next few years.

The Army Corps of Engineers owns the park area and needs to do an environmental study that could take two years before any construction can start, and Army Corps officials say the state asked them to hold off.

"The people I've talked to in construction and everything say it takes 18 months to build a hotel of that size -- depending on weather and working 24 hours a day, probably it takes 18 months," Hardin says.

In the meantime, campers are still coming out to the park. "We've been coming down here since our children were little and now they're bringing their children and so we'll probably keep coming until they turn it into fancy homes," says Linda Abercrombie from Oklahoma City.

Many in the area are hoping for a new lakeside showplace that will be worth the wait.

"I think it will be a big draw for Marshall County. I think people will come from far and wide to experience everything that Pointe Vista will have to offer," says Kate Brennan of the county Chamber of Commerce.

The vision for the site includes a waterpark and a campground, along with the existing Chickasaw Pointe Golf Course. The developer is also looking at buying some extra property nearby.

The developer of Pointe Vista is the son of an oil company owner from Oklahoma City. With other investors, the two men just led a $13 million purchase of a bankrupt dessert company called Dippin Dots in April.