Tourism group against further sale of land in Marshall Co.

By: Teddy Safo Email
By: Teddy Safo Email

MARSHALL COUNTY, OK -- Members of a Marshall County group say they are against the sale of more land to Pointe Vista developers. 'Friends of Texoma State Park' says no more land should be sold until state officials start making an effort to bring tourism back to the county.

While tourism officials have big plans for the area, group members are asking Oklahoma governor Brad Henry to help clean up what's already there before any new construction starts.

‘Friends of Texoma State Park’ say state officials need to get their priorities straight, and before they sell any more land to Pointe Vista, they want to take care of the problems already at hand.

They say the closure of the lodge and cabins has brought tourism in Marshall County to a crawl.

Now they are petitioning Governor Henry and state tourism officials to come up with a plan to clean up the area before tourism season begins in May.

"I support the petition whole hardily," says Becky Grosser, who owns the lighthouse tackle and bait in Kingston. She says the lack of activity at Texoma State Park is hurting her business.

"We just have not had the additional people around we should have our sales have really fallen out."

Grosser fears if state officials don’t take any action, the approaching vacation season could be no vacation. In fact, she worries businesses that depend on tourism could go bust.

"We're the backbone of this whole thing, and if we don’t slow down get something started, the new plan they have won’t take off because there won’t be a Kingston."

At last check tourism officials said they are planning a town meeting with Marshall County residents within the first week of February. That is when petition organizers say they will present their signatures.


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  • by concerned citizen Location: marshall co on Feb 1, 2008 at 08:54 PM
    to jess. you really need to get a life. if you don't think the farmers and ranchers can supply ford for everyone who do you think is going too? what does marshall county have to offer? nothing. there are no decent places to eat, shop or buy groceries or supplies. go to durant and see how many people from this county are over there shopping or even go to texas. all this bunch ever worries about are the tourist. all they do is come here leave trash in the lake areas but then lake texoma is filling up so fast that in years to come there won't be a lake texoma then what are they going to do then sit on their thumbs and sing who'd a thought it, so why not bring something here that would bbenifit thoses who live here and then worry about those other people.
  • by Jess on Jan 31, 2008 at 02:20 PM
    Concerned citizen, if there is no income coming into Marshall and all surrounding counties then the "PROBLEMS OF THE PEOPLE" are going to become even greater. I don't think the farmer/ranchers can supply food, land, etc to everyone. And we are WOKE UP AND TRYING TO TAKE CARE OF WHAT WE HAVE, THATS WHY ITS SUCH A HUGE ISSUE. DUH!!!!
  • by CONCERNED CITIZEN Location: MARSHALL COUNTY on Jan 18, 2008 at 05:49 PM
    WHY IS EVERYONE ALWAYS CONCERNED WITH THE TOURIST COMING TO MARSHALL COUNTY. FIRST OF ALL THERE IS NOTHING TO OFFER ANYONE IF THEY WOULD JUST LOOK AROUND AND SEE THAT IF YOU ARE A FARMER OR RANCHER YOU HAVE TO LEAVE THE COUNTY TO BY SUPPLIES.AND GOD FORBID IF YOU GO TO MADILL TO BUY GROCERIES. THE PRICES ARE REAL. NO ONE CARES ABOUT THESE PEOPLE WHY DON'T YOU WORRY ABOUT TAKING CARE OF THE PEOPLES NEEDS BEFORE WORRING ABOUT PEOPLE COMING TO THE LAKE AND LITTERING THIS COUNTY MORE THAN IT ALREADY IS. WHO CARES ABOUT THE LODGE ALL IT BRINGS IN IS DRUNKS ON THE ROADWAYS AS IF WE DON'T ALREADY HAVE ENOUGH OF THOSE. WAKE UP AND TAKE CARE OF WHAT YOU HAVE INSTEAD OF WORRING ABOUT THE LAKE IF THOSE AROUND THE LAKE WOULD GET OFF THEIR BUTTS AND CLEAN UP WHAT THEY HAVE THATS A START. SO IF YOU SEE A FARMER OR RANCHER GIVE HIM A PAT ON THE BACK AND SAY THANKS FOR THE FOOD THAT HE PUTS ON YOUR TABLE AND ALSO GIVE GOD A THANK YOU FOR HIM FOR THE FARMER IS NOT A TOURIST HE LIVES HERE GOD BLESS HIM
  • by KAREN Location: OKLAHOMA on Jan 18, 2008 at 02:50 PM
    "D" - since you don't live in Kingston - how do you know what is what Kingston. Not all camping spots were covered. I do not understand the idea of closing the lodge and it just sit there until it is closed down. In May there was no place for Kingston or Madill to have their reunions, Proms, Alumni, etc. Families who have their reunions had no place local. As far as Lake Murray - you can have it, I haven't seen the clean side of it. We stayed in cabins there. They needed to be sprayed for spiders, the showers drained slowly, just to mention a few minor problems. karensopinion@gmail.com
  • by Citizen Location: Kingston on Jan 18, 2008 at 01:26 PM
    I agree that the Developers should at least start their project giving folks some place to go. I also agree that no more land should be sold until a new hotel is built and Lake Texoma State Park is restored
  • by Jess on Jan 18, 2008 at 07:50 AM
    The point of the whole story is that there is going to be a great loss of all the businesses of Texoma if more land is sold and none is left for campers and vacationers. Lake Murray is expanding but not fast enough and soon they will be under heavy construction building the new offices they just broke ground for.
  • by D Location: Ardsville... on Jan 18, 2008 at 05:24 AM
    Tourism slowed to a crawl because of the torrential rain fall and flooding that swept through the area this summer. It had nothing to do w/ the Lodge shutting down. The golf courses were still open and seemed busy as ever. People can't camp when their usual campgrounds around the lake area are covered in water. Even after the flooding went down, not much was done around Texoma to clean up and get going again. Lake Murray became the beneficiary of many old Lake Texoma Campers and found out that Murray is a much cleaner, well run lake...
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