New Lake Tahoe lodge praised as boon to economy, environment

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Melissa Blosser/Douglas County Public Details Officer/ through Associated Press

This June 20, 2017, photo released by Douglas County reveals the new pool at the Edgewood Tahoe Lodge throughout its grand opening on the south coast of Lake Tahoe in Stateline, Nev. The $100 million lodge has 154 spaces and was built in conjunction with an enthusiastic project to protect wetlands and filter stormwater runoff damaging to the lake’s clarity. (

Sunday, June 25, 2017|5:49 p.m.

STATELINE– More than two decades after designers initially faced a series of stringent regulations, a $100 million lodge has actually opened on the south coast of Lake Tahoe to rave evaluations from politicians, magnate and ecologists.

Conclusion of the 154-room Edgewood Tahoe Lodge on the edge of the golf course that hosts a nationally televised star golf tournament was contingent on safeguarding wetlands and limiting storm water runoff harmful to the lake’s renowned clarity, the Tahoe Daily Tribune (http://tinyurl.com/y8nxjp2z) reported.

“It’s going to use 240 local citizens and provide amazing and significant tasks,” Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval said at the lodge’s grand opening previously this week. Just as essential, he said, “is pairing redevelopment with conservation.”

“There’s some preservation as an outcome of this project that wouldn’t have happened otherwise. It’s going to help protect and secure the lake,” Sandoval said.

The 169,000-square-foot lodge has a spa and salon, a 200-seat restaurant and bar, a ballroom, an adventure center, kids camp, high-end stores and a lakefront swimming pool. Its so-called Fantastic Room includes a wall of windows so visitors can delight in the view of the new swimming pool and lake.

“Exactly what you see here today is the conclusion of a vision that was formed 25 years earlier when Brooks Park and (basic manager) Bobby King believed it would be a good idea for golf enthusiasts to belong to remain after they completed their round of golf,” said John McLaughlin, president and CEO for Edgewood Business.

Park, a major property owner and livestocks rancher in northern Nevada, built Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course in 1968. He passed away in 2001.

Joanne Marchetta, executive director of the Tahoe Regional Preparation Agency, stated the task incorporates a series ecological restoration projects on the 4,200-acre (1,700-acre) Edgewood Creek watershed, which feeds directly into the lake– and consists of the golf course itself.

“It’s the ecological benefits that actually outperform here. We have improved wetlands, new fish and wildlife environment, and improved storm-water systems,” Marchetta said. “The repair of the golf course is really improving more than 53,000 square feet of stream environment zone. These are the sort of brand-new wetlands that filter polluted storm-water runoff prior to it gets in the lake.”

South Lake Tahoe Mayor Austin Sass noted that the brand-new lodge is a boon for the entire South Shore, both in Nevada and California.

“The South Shore of Lake Tahoe is enjoying a rebirth. Coupled with what has happened within the city and Douglas County, we have seen over three-quarters of a billion dollars in capital expense over the last five years with the conclusion of this lodge,” Sass said.

The preparation agency invested four years evaluating prepare for the lodge before releasing a series of licenses essential to release building in 2012.

It becomes part of a general effort that started in the 1990s to filter overflow getting in the lake primarily from gambling establishment car park. Neglected runoff is believed to be a substantial factor in Lake Tahoe’s declining clearness.

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