Commissioners of Land Office to file suit against Pointe Vista Development

By: Helen Headlee Email
By: Helen Headlee Email

OKLAHOMA -- Pointe Vista Development signed a contract in 2008 to build a four star hotel and convention center at Lake Texoma State park. They were supposed to have the hotel substantially completed in May but construction hasn't even started.

Thursday the Commissioners of the Land Office voted to sue Pointe Vista over the lack of progress.

CLO Secretary Harry Birdwell released a statement saying quote, "In the last few weeks it has become increasingly clear that a lawsuit is one of the few remaining options to achieve a desirable outcome for the community. Today's decision does not mean we will lessen our efforts if other options present themselves."

But Pointe Vista said the suit will slow progress.

"At this point, we will be compelled to refocus our efforts on the lawsuit and reassess whether to proceed with providing additional funding for the Corps of Engineers' lake-wide Environmental Impact Study further delaying that process," said Pointe Vista. "This legal path will most assuredly delay any development efforts for many years."

But some residents who've been hurt by the lack of progress support the suit.

"I'm glad to see that somebody is doing something," said Barbara Luellen, who lives in Marshall County. "I praise them for doing something because my business went from 3,000 dollars a month to zero. I have nothing coming in now."

Senator Josh Brecheen credits citizen action for encouraging the CLO to sue.

"Directly attributable to the countless letters and meeting attendance by constituents of Marshall and Bryan counties," said Sen. Brecheen.

While Representative Tommy Hardin also supports the suit he said it could mean an even longer delay.

"I always feared it would come of this and it may drag out in court for a couple years, but I believe that everyone is so fed up with nothing being done that they're actually glad to see a lawsuit happen," said Rep. Hardin.

And Restore Lake Texoma State Park--a small business and citizen group--said they're unsure where they stand on the issue because the specifics of the suit aren't being released.

"We don't know how to support the lawsuit because we don't know what the lawsuit is," said the group's director, Lisa Davis.

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