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Cedar Falls Council: Beach house won't be re-built


CEDAR FALLS (KWWL)-- The Island Park Beach House in Cedar Falls that once entertained hundreds of people every summer was up for debate again Monday night.  It was destroyed during the Floods of 2008.  Earlier this month, Cedar Falls city officials rejected a request to construct a new beach house, instead agreeing to allow an at-grade shelter house to be built for a much lower cost.  The topic was back before the full council during Monday night's meeting.

After more than an hour-and-a-half of discussion and debate, the council ultimately decided to uphold the community relation's committee's decision.  So the Island Park Beach House will not be re-built.

"Our hope is that we're not victimized twice in the process and that we can restore it to the full enclosed structure that it needs to be," Dick Dobson, Cedar Falls resident.

But many council members continued to contest that city ordinances prohibit re-building any structure that sustained at least 50 percent damage should not be built back in the floodway.

"I really don't think it's wise.  It doesn't make any sense," Kamyar Enshayan, Cedar Falls City Council member.

The city did allow the FEMA money to be preserved and will apply for an alternate project, building an at-grade shelter which could include low, floodable walls.

If for any reason FEMA denies the alternate project of building an at-grade shelter, the funding already awarded for an elevated structure will still be on the table and the beach house could then be revisited.

Donations that have been collected so far for the beach house will likely go to whatever project is ultimately chosen.

KWWL Reporter:  Kera Mashek



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