Friday, September 21, 2012

Game and Fish directs $400,000 to developer's boat ramp

Posted By on Fri, Sep 21, 2012 at 6:17 AM

GETS $411,000 HANDOUT: Highway Commissioner John Burkhalter.
  • GETS $411,000 HANDOUT: Highway Commissioner John Burkhalter.
Joe Mosby at Stephens Media reported yesterday that the state Game and Fish Commission had voted to spend up to $411,000 to help wealthy developer John Burkhalter, a member of the state Highway Commission by Mike Beebe appointment, build a marina on the Arkansas River east of the Clinton Library.

Burkhalter is a familiar figure. He's considering a Democratic race for governor in 2014. He had a controversial proposal for an office building at Sixth and Woodlane, across from the Capitol (downsized in height after Capitol Zoning District Commission opposition).

The Game and Fish money would help with a boat ramp. This project has moved along slowly, in part because of questions from river shippers about whether the marina's nearness to the Arkansas River navigation channel posed a shipping hazard. The design has been altered several times as a result, but when I last checked, it was still being reviewed by the Corps of Engineers and Coast Guard.

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