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Ginger Blue Resort Being Renovated to Reopen Spring 2017

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NOEL, MISSOURI -

   Construction work is underway to bring back Ginger Blue Resort on Elk River, once a popular destination back in the 1980's.

     It's a big investment  of time and money for the new owner that could pay off for the community.

“It’s a money pit, but it’s gonna be well worth it,” said owner Roddy Lett.

Crews worked simultaneously on two cabins of the new and improved Ginger Blue Resort.  Each will have a deck that looks out over Elk river. A place Lett knows well.

"I started working at Wayside in 1980. That was between my seventh and eighth grade year and Ginger Blue was just the crown of the river.

 In the 1990’s it just went downhill, early 2000 's it was vacant, run down  and empty. It was depressing really."

He negotiated with previous owners for twelve years.There are eight  structures in all. Some, so run down, they may be demolished. Others are restored with loft bedrooms, and fire places so they can be used in the fall and winter.  Some are ninety percent complete but with a different look from the Ginger Blue of old.

Lett said, "It was blue roofs, blue trim. We’re just kind of going with the all- natural wood, rustic."

Hired crews have been working for about two and half years. The next project investment  is the two story lodge.

Lett said of the cost, "Over a million in the lodge itself,  minimum fifty thousand in the foundation alone.  And we haven’t started on the slab yet. So yes, it’s very expensive."   ?

Business owners in Noel and residents said it will be another way to attract tourists.

Pharmacy owner, Ray Kirk called reopening Ginger Blue an awesome idea, "It brings in business for pretty much all the local establishments. Mainly the restaurants  of course, but  some of it will trickle down to us as well."

Resident Ronnie  Qualls said anything can help, "Tourists in town.  That's what keeps this thriving." 

And Lett, who owns Wayside  Campground and Elk River Floats  canoe rental says he gets calls daily for cabins.

"People like the comfort of air conditioning and kitchen table instead of just camping in tents,” Lett said.  

The lodge won’t be ready but the Letts hope to open the eighth structures under construction by Memorial Day 2017.

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