It's a hot topic for southern Oklahomans.
The Lake Murray Lodge is now in the hands of the Ardmore Tourism Authority for the next 50 years.
City officials say the new Lake Murray Lodge deal will not only benefit Ardmore but surrounding businesses. With the lodge now in the hands of the Ardmore Tourism Authority for the next half century, they are expected to thrive more than ever.
Ardmore officials say they should break ground on the new $20 million lodge within the next 6 months, and it should be done in about a year.
Officials say the lodge should bring in about $15 million in revenue to the Carter County economy, and the lodge will also create at least 75 new jobs.
While officials report that the occupancy rate of lodge cabins is down 50 percent, they say unfavorable weather is to blame.
Some fear that construction will slow down activity around the lake, but ADA president Wes Stucky says otherwise.
Tonight at 10 we will take a more in depth look on the lodge is affecting tourism and local businesses.