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Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Party Cove: Sexy Fun Time or Watery Grave?

From The AP: The no-holds-barred scene at Party Cove — technically known as Anderson Hollow Cove near the Grand Glaize Bridge — has helped make Lake of the Ozarks one of the Midwest’s top summer getaways, drawing visitors from Kansas City, St. Louis, Des Moines, Chicago and beyond.

Yet the alcohol-fueled excesses in one corner of the sprawling lake have some boosters fearful that the tolerant approach to public drunkenness could wind up tarnishing the place tourism types tout as “mid-America’s premier vacation, golf and fishing destination.”

... In 2006, the lake accounted for more than 73 percent of all drunken boating arrests by the water patrol, and more than half of all boating accidents statewide.

Fifty alcohol related accidents were tallied last year, the most in nearly a decade. Ten people died on the lake in 2006. This year, just days into the peak season for water recreation in Missouri, three have already lost their lives.

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