- Associated Press - Saturday, January 21, 2017

PLATTSMOUTH, Neb. (AP) - Plattsmouth officials are considering plans for a campground and marina on property once envisioned as a premier riverfront resort.

The former Castaway Pointe development site along the Missouri River would instead hold up to 150 recreational vehicles adjacent to Schilling Wildlife Management Area.

City Administrator Erv Portis said a campground would expand the tax base and job opportunities and fit well with the nearby historic Plattsmouth downtown some 20 miles south of Omaha.

“We think without doubt that commercial recreation is the best and highest use of that land,” Portis told the Omaha World-Herald (https://bit.ly/2k6Zpz4 ).

The original plans for the Castaway Pointe development called for a $45 million getaway resort that would include house, cottage, villa and condominium lots. They were to be clustered near a marina with 200 boat slips, a floating restaurant, outdoor concert stage, swimming pools and a convenience store for boaters. Developers said it would rival such destinations as Lake Okoboji in Iowa and Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri.

But the development was stymied in 2010 after the Army Corps of Engineers concluded it was in a flood plain. The 2011 river flooding isolated the site, washing away roads and water and sewer lines.

The city bought the 28.5 acres three years ago with plans to turn it into parkland. But an unidentified developer wants to acquire the land and construct the commercial recreation campground and marina.

Construction would begin this spring, if various city panels approve the project plans and tax increment financing. Development costs include $1.5 million for land acquisition from the city, $600,000 for construction, $275,000 for repairs of flood damage and $200,000 for trails.

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Information from: Omaha World-Herald, https://www.omaha.com

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