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Court: Okoboji can shut down floating marina bars

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Supreme Court says the city of Okoboji acted appropriately when it took action to close a floating, lakeside bar at a popular marina.

The court upheld an injunction Friday that prevents Leo "Butch" Parks from using his marina on West Lake Okoboji to operate the Fish House Lounge or any other bar located on an excursion boat.

The Fish House boat was moored to the marina, which provided bathrooms, parking and access for customers. The bar featured karaoke, hog roasts and "howl at the moon" parties.

City officials said the bar violated zoning rules designating the area as residential, increasing traffic and noise in the neighborhood.

Parks argued the city couldn't regulate the bar, which had been granted a state liquor license to operate on the water.


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