- Associated Press - Monday, February 10, 2014

WAYZATA, Minn. (AP) - Representatives from 14 communities around Lake Minnetonka will meet with state officials this month to talk about designating roads around the popular lake as a scenic byway.

It’s part of a broader effort to lure boaters and visitors into the lake communities by selling the area as a destination.

“It’s really a way to market the area,” Wayzata Mayor Ken Willcox said. “It gives you the opportunity to tie the whole Lake Minnetonka community together.”

The 41-mile scenic byway wouldn’t require any construction, just signage to guide visitors along the roads around the 125-mile shoreline, according to the Star Tribune (https://strib.mn/1jpWF8Q ).

Each community would need to approve resolutions supporting the designation, then a coordinating group would be formed to submit an application to the state’s scenic byway commission.

Leaders from all 14 cities - Deephaven, Excelsior, Greenwood, Minnetonka, Minnetonka Beach, Minnetrista, Mound, Orono, Shorewood, Spring Park, Tonka Bay, Victoria, Wayzata and Woodland - will meet with staff from the state Department of Transportation to discuss the idea Feb. 24 at the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District.

The state has 21 scenic byways, including the North Shore Scenic Byway, which follows Lake Superior up to Split Rock Lighthouse, state parks and other northern Minnesota sites, and the Grand Rounds Scenic Byway in Minneapolis which loops around the Chain of Lakes, Mississippi River, Minnehaha Creek and city sites.

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Information from: Star Tribune, https://www.startribune.com

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