Guy Harvey Outpost’s plan to transform the Pahokee marina and campground on the edge of Florida’s Lake Okeechobee into a vacation destination for outdoor enthusiasts cleared its first hurdle late Tuesday (Feb. 24), the Palm Beach Post reported.

Pahokee commissioners voted 3-2 to begin negotiating with Harvey’s resort chain, which was one of two companies vying for the chance to take over operations of the city-owned marina, campground and tiki bar and restaurant. The company has pledged $4 million to revamp the neglected site.

In a proposal submitted to the city in December, Harvey’s company proposed an 81-year lease, with a rental rate of $1 per year for through 2040. After that, the annual rental rate would be based on the outpost’s gross sales, according to the proposal.

Palm Beach County leaders have heralded Harvey’s proposal, saying it would be an economic boon for the struggling cities around Lake Okeechobee.

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