“Many of our state parks have acres of unused and undeveloped property, which has long been a wasted source of taxpayer dollars,” said Imes. “The public-private partnership I’m proposing in my bill could increase the tourism draw for the Commonwealth, and provide an additional revenue boost to the state and local economies.”
Last week, Imes filed a bill – BR 114 – which would allow private companies like restaurants and hotels to lease and develop state park property.
It would take an existing law – KRS 148.021 – which relates to private development on property owned by the Kentucky State Fair Board and would expand it to land owned by the Kentucky Department of Parks. This would allow the KDP and the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet to enter into a lease agreement with private companies.
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