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Casino Beach plans change, await City Council approval




Casino Beach in an undated photo (archives)     A. Lee Graham Reporter   Changes to Casino Beach development plans have prompted the Fort Worth City Council to consider amending its license agreement with the project developer.   The council takes up the issue at its regular Tuesday meeting. Pre-council begins at 3 p.m. Tuesday Aug. 6, with the regular meeting starting at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 1000 Throckmorton St.   In the original agreement with Casino Beach Properties Inc., plans for revitalizing Casino Beach at Lake Worth included about 12 acres of parkland and 3 acres of lake property. The developer planned to build and operate marinas on the lake property adjacent to city-owned parkland. But since the council authorized the agreement in March, the developer decided to relocate the marinas adjacent to another location nearby. That lake property where the relocated marinas are planned to be built and operate would be overseen by a separate agreement if the council amends the agreement.   Casino Beach Properties Inc. plans to revitalize Casino Beach at Lake Worth. Patterson Equity Partners Ltd. of Arlington, associated with Casino Beach Properties, plans to revitalize the city-owned property featuring 10,000 square feet of retail space, a 20,000-square-foot event center, an amphitheater, restaurants, a movie theater, a marina and a boardwalk.   The property is located just south of Jacksboro Highway and bounded by North Surfside Drive to the west and Lake Worth to the south. Most of it stands vacant, with a portion serving as public park area.   The city owns about 56 acres of vacant land on the north shore of Lake Worth, including the Casino Beach property.   lgraham@bizpress.net   For a history of Casino Beach:    www.casinobeachlakeworth.com/history/


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Robert is a Fort Worth native and longtime editor of the Fort Worth Business Press. He is a former president of the local Society of Professional Journalists and was a freelancer for a variety of newspapers, weeklies and magazines, including American Way, BrandWeek and InformatonWeek. A graduate of TCU, Robert has held a variety of writing and editing positions at publications such as the Grand Prairie Daily News and InfoWorld. He is also a musician and playwright.

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