Three LeMars businessmen who summer in the Okoboji area are apparently ready to go into partnership and plan to purchase the boarded-up Boji Bay waterpark in Milford.
The partners are considering a number of options, with additional proposals coming in literally by the day, one said this week. Possibilities include a hotel complex, RV park, convenience store, strip mall and a national dining entity - a far cry from the water park with its massive wave pool and waterslides that has dominated the key property just south of the Iowa Great Lakes since the early 1990s.
Commercial developer Roger Athens, attorney Gene Collins, and Dan Wells, a retiree from Wells Blue Bunny, hope to buy out current owner Jack Clark and take possession of the park by November 1.
Boji Bay struggled under heavy utility bills, went up for sale in 2004, and finally closed for good before the 2005 season. The city declined to purchase the property, and now hopes to work with the new developers on new avenues for the site.
One idea would rename the development "Pirates' Cove" in keeping with the nautical appeal of the Lakes area.
Under no circumstances will the water park be reopened. At most, the mini golf course and the lazy river water feature would be retained, and the game room and outdoor stage are under consideration, while the four large slides and other equipment would be sold off.
After meeting with city officials, the developers' next steps would be to begin approaching prospective tenants and buyers to locate in the area.
The partners expect to see some projects completed by next summer, while it will probably take three to five years for full development of the former Boji Bay site.
* Source: Dickinson County News