Where Pointe Vista stands today

By: Kristen Shanahan Email
By: Kristen Shanahan Email

MARSHALL COUNTY, OK -- It has been about four years since the original Lake Texoma State Park was sold to Pointe Vista Development. After dozens of questions from park goers about why construction has not started yet we get some answers.

Pointe Vista says they have contracted with a company to remove the asbestos from the old cabins and that work has already begun, but they say it is just one of the first steps toward creating the new resort.

Steps are underway to redevelop the land around Lake Texoma, but Oklahoma State Representative Tommy Hardin says that is not enough.

"To me again that's not construction that's just tearing things down to get ready and they need to, I'd like to see them move a lot faster on getting things completed," Representative Hardin said.

Terri Watkins , the Communications Director for The Commissioners of the Land Office says Pointe Vista Development is still in compliance with their contract which states that the project must be substantially completed by 2014. So far, the company has met the guidelines laid out in that contract.

"We know how important this is to the community. We know how important this is to the state of Oklahoma, but it's a process and we're going through that process and in September we'll have more information," Watkins said.

Pointe Vista Manager, Ryan Chapman, says so far the company has purchased about 750 acres and they are in the beginning stages of demolishing the old cabins. The old lodge has already been torn down. According to the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department the company wants to buy an additional 1,000 acres owned by the Army Corps of Engineers.

Lake Texoma Manager, Joe Custer, says Pointe Vista cannot build on that land until it is transferred to them and that cannot happen until an Environmental Impact Study is complete.

"It looks at recreation. It looks at density of use. It looks at the habitat, environmental affects of what's being proposed. So very very detailed. Very in depth. Very time consuming," Custer said.

Custer says the state has asked them to hold off on doing the E.I.S, but does not know why. State Representative Hardin says he hopes the new tourist attraction will be built by its deadline.

"If it's not completed in a time line then it goes into the court system as far in the contracts and you know I don't know what's going to go on there. It may take another two years to get all that settled before you can actually do anything else," Representative Hardin said.

For a list of frequently asked questions and a more detailed explanation of the project visit the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department's website at http://www.oklatourism.gov/TexomaFAQ.html.

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  • by Fly on the wall Location: Feeling Guilty? on Jun 29, 2012 at 07:04 AM
    Why is JPG trying to defend himself on Facebook? Why would he care at all at this point? He sold you out and left the state. RUN FORREST RUN!
  • by matt q Location: OKC on Jun 27, 2012 at 12:08 PM
    The new managment is horrible as well. The prices there now are like visiting the Flordia Keys and every manager blames one another. Most expensive boat slips on the north end of the lake and the resorst and gulf course now looks like a rats nest.
  • by Mickey Location: Denison on Jun 26, 2012 at 09:09 PM
    Oh my, I can hear it now. Soon the developer will be whining about government interference and the environmental impact study, and blame the EPA because they will have failed to substantially complete the development by deadline. Hey, we are going to have our own Pointe Vista over here in Denison. It's called the Schuler Development. Promises of luxury homes, golf courses, hotels, and a resort that we've been hearing about for over a decade. The city of Denison is falling all over itself over this thing. Securing lake front property and turning it over to the developer, committing to providing utilities, and providing a special project manager to oversee permitting. All of this will add book value to some 2000 acres the developer picked up cheap many years ago. Could a mortgage be in the offing with someone leaving town with the money, while Denison wonders what hit them? Could that be a possibility for Pointe Vista, as well?
  • by Jason Location: OK/TX on Jun 26, 2012 at 11:20 AM
    "wants to buy an additional 1,000 acres owned by the Army Corps of Engineers." Why? I hope everyone remembers how Lake Texoma came to be. The Government came in and FORCED people to sell their land to them. No one else has any opportunity to buy any land around Lake Texoma. Why should Point Vista be allowed to do that? I'd like to buy water front property on Lake Texoma for myself too but I can't. I thought the Corp was to always and forever own the land surrounding the lake that is in the flood plain. Something is terribly wrong with this whole deal!
  • by Dianac Location: Texoma on Jun 26, 2012 at 10:38 AM
    @Eddie, I still love lake texima .. Anyone around Newberry would remember my dad Archie who practically lived there . I was raised on that lake and many others. And I will agree with Eddie on many areas are ruined.. Where you used to enjoy easy access to the water and even have a small beach are just gone . Eroded or dg up.. Got bad knees? Texima us getting hard ti access. But I have wonderful memories that will never erode.
  • by We've been scammed on Jun 26, 2012 at 09:56 AM
    Nothing more than a Ponzi scheme. http://stateimpact.npr.org/oklahoma/2012/06/11/oklahomas-lake-texoma-bought-and-paid-for/ - Here's the real deal. This is a very very bad situation and the folks of Bryan and Marshall county will be left holding a bag of????? These 2 crooks from OKC don't have the money and at least one of them is in deep sheep with the SEC right now. All the promise of the grander of it all and they don't even have the money still. The question is, which of the state reps and politicans were bought off to make this happen? You can bet more than one has been and for that they should go to jail. Sorry folks, you've been sold out by fellow okies, and elected officials. This will get ugly before it's all over.
  • by Okie Location: Texas on Jun 26, 2012 at 05:34 AM
    This came from the Website of InvestigateWest. The Lake Texoma case illustrates how states can disregard their legal obligations to federally protected parkland. As InvestigateWest has reported, the National Park Service, which is responsible for overseeing the conversion program, does not have adequate controls in place to ensure that parks that receive federal grants comply with the law. Part of the problem is that the law does not impose a hard deadline for replacing parkland converted to other uses. Replacement land is supposed to be purchased immediately or, if that’s not possible, within one year, according to Park Service regulations. The Park Service’s rules also say a fully functioning park must be up and running within three years – but does not spell out penalties if that doesn’t happen
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      by Jason on Jun 26, 2012 at 11:25 AM in reply to Okie
      Again enjoy the abilities of your Governments!
  • by wondering on Jun 26, 2012 at 05:04 AM
    I suppose that is all well and good but what about a state park that is suppose to replace this one? That is also the law that one is suppose to be done in its place.
  • by Kim Location: Madill on Jun 26, 2012 at 12:54 AM
    How in the heck can the state sell land that should be open to the public for recreation? I smell large rats here...
  • by EDDIE Location: OKLA CITY on Jun 25, 2012 at 09:54 PM
    i can tell you why they are not doing anything. THEY ARE BROKE SO THEY DONT HAVE TO MONEY TO BUILD IT BACK. this should be a lesson to the people who owned the lodge area. but then this serves them right because they have let the lake fill up and lake texoma is going down hill fast. the west end of the lake is already filled up with dirt and trees. a few more years and lake texoma will be nothing but a small mud hole. why doesnt the state start cleaning the lake area out where it is fillin in so fast and save this place. they will just go below somewhere else and build a new lake someday. then lake texoma will be no more. why would anyone want to spend millions on a dead beat area in the first place.
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      by Texoma Kid on Jun 26, 2012 at 10:00 AM in reply to EDDIE
      So, you really don't know much about our lake do you? Sounds more like one of those lakes in the piney woods of east texas but this does not discribe Texoma! Was on the water this weekend and it's freakin awesome from Newberry creek to Fobb Bottom. Texoma rocks!
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      by Jason on Jun 26, 2012 at 11:23 AM in reply to EDDIE
      The CORP could of done a lot of dredging in low areas that are filled in now, Cumberland Cove comes to mind, when the lake was at record low levels last year. Did they do anything? Nope. Get used to it. It's your Government at it's best, hiring people because of what they are instead of what they can do. You will never get superior services from that!
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