Arnolds Park City Council Hears Request Related To Plans For Proposed Business Development

Wed 6-12-2019

(Arnolds Park)-- The Arnolds Park City Council last (Wed.) evening heard plans for a proposed commercial development on some property between Table 316 and Beer Can Alley. Aaron Jones, who owns the property, told the council he and a partner have plans to put in several businesses in that area...Aaron Jones01 

"Preliminary thoughts are a car wash, laundromat, coffee shop, a bistro, maybe a donut shop. Something along those lines."

Jones requested the city grant him a special exemption to allow access to the lot off of Iowa Street, which is currently not allowed for other businesses in that area...Aaron Jones02 

"The majority of the business that we're attempting to institute here would be during daylight, during normal business hours."

Jones indicated he would be in favor of installing a gate on the Iowa Street access that would automatically close late at night.

City council members seemed receptive to Jones request and referred the matter to city staff for further discussion and review.

On another matter, the council heard from Jeff Soole of Segway Okoboji. The company plans to offer guided tours this summer through portions of Arnolds Park and Okoboji on segways. The devices are similar to small motorized scooters on which the operator stands. Soole says those riding the devices would receive special training prior to going out on tours.