Branson postpones decision on memorial to honor duck boat victims

Published: Jan. 9, 2019 at 11:39 AM CST
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Plans to build a memorial to honor victims of the duck boat tragedy in a park in Branson have been postponed.

During a meeting on January 8, the Branson Board of Aldermen voted to put-off the vote until a date not to exceed January 28, 2020. So, it could be more than a year until the decision is made.

The Tri-Lakes Board of Realtors plans to donate the memorial. Their plans were to place it in Old School Park along Highway 76, a location that requires the permission of city leaders. The memorial's design currently consists of a lighthouse statue that would be nine-foot tall and have the names of the victims engraved on it.

Tri-Lakes Board of Realtors President Brent Sager says Tuesday's decision did not stop the plans for the memorial altogether.

"People need to understand that the City did not vote this down on Tuesday. There is a difference in voting something down, tabling it, postponing it, and extending it. What the City did was extended this decision for up to a year," Sager said.

However, Sager says, the details of the memorial are undecided. After hearing concerns from locals about the nature and location of the statue, the Board of Aldermen and the Tri-Lakes Board of Realtors agreed to extend the decision about whether or not to place the memorial in Old School Park.

Sager says they are open to hearing suggestions and concerns about the memorial from the community.

If the Tri-Lakes Board of Realtors decides to place the memorial on property that doesn't belong to the City of Branson, it would not require approval from the Board of Aldermen.