- Associated Press - Friday, August 21, 2015

BURNSIDE, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky officials are seeking proposals from private developers who want to build and operate lodges at two state parks.

The Lexington Herald-Leader (https://bit.ly/1WJcOYO) reports that the effort, if successful, would produce the first privately-run lodges at Kentucky state parks.

Requests were issued for a lodge and restaurant at Burnside Island State Park in Pulaski County and at Pine Mountain State Resort Park in Bell County.

Officials in Burnside and Pineville said they support the state’s move because the lodges would boost tourism and help the economy.

Although there’s a lodge on top of Pine Mountain, the new facility is proposed at the bottom on a golf course.

Pineville Mayor Scott Madon said there will be a need for more overnight accommodations there due to planned developments.

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Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader, https://www.kentucky.com

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