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The April, 2009 News Digest


New Luxury Hotel to Open in the Middle Bass Island State Park

Opening is Planned for July 1, 2009

April 1, 2009


(Disclaimer added June 28, 2009: This is our annual April Fools page.)


A new luxury hotel will be opening in the Middle Bass Island State Park on July 1, 2009. The "hotel" will be in the form of accommodations in the 240 foot megayacht Liquidity, which will be anchored in the new state Park Marina. A clause in the U.S. government's recent Troubled Assets Relief Program (TARP) made it possible for the DEA to provide confiscated assets to state governments and Ohio's Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) filed a successful infrastructure grant request to obtain a seized yacht and turn it into a luxury waterfront hotel.


ODNR had hoped for a number of years to be able to build a hotel or lodge in the state park and is very pleased that is has found a way to provide this. The yacht Liquidity was built to accommodate up to 32 guests in 16 cabins, 1 Master, 1 Upper VIP, 4 VIP, 5 Double and 5 Twin cabins. The Liquidity is designed to allow guests to relax in the massage parlor, exercise in the gymnasium/yoga studio, rejuvenate with your private beautician, work out in the gymnasium and let loose in the indoor and outdoor jacuzzi. It also has a gourmet restaurant that will be open to the public.


The Liquidity will be the most luxurious hotel on any of the Lake Erie Islands. The Master suite, designed as an owner's suite, is located on the upper deck and will offer offer a remarkable panoramic view of Lake Erie to the east and west. It is designed with grace and elegance, featuring a king sized bed, office corner, library, large walk in closet and equipped with 42" plasma TV with full surround system, DVD, satellite TV access, HI-Fi system, personal computer, and internet access. Elegance and grace continue in the yellow onyx marble bathroom which has a bathtub, shower and jacuzzi, and all the amenities for him and her to help one unwind with a bubble bath or revitalize in the Jacuzzi.


In a related development, ODNR is also considering turning derelict boats into additional state park lodging at a number of marinas. As described in a New York Times article, "Boats Too Costly to Keep Are Littering Coastlines", the economy is forcing many boat owners to abandon their boats. But ODNR's plans for this are not definite at this pont.




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