State saves Norris Lake State Park from development

The Knoxville News Sentinel brings the good news that the state of Tennessee’s Department of Environment and Conservation has rejected plans for a $14 million Lighthouse Lodge and Convention Center within Norris Lake State Park.

Tennessee state parks have long contained restaurants and inns, such as the one at Fall Creek Falls State Park pictured below, but the Lighthouse effort would have dwarfed such facilities with, as the article described it, ” a restaurant, a hotel, a convention center, a 70-foot lighthouse, an observation deck, an ice skating rink and a tram system linking them together.”

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This is a good decision by the state.  If developers want to erect large convention facilities, let them do so on private lands.  As the population grows and sprawl continues its relentless march, Tennessee’s state parks will become even more valuable places to enjoy the outdoors.

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