March 9, 2012
State lawmakers approve $52M in state park bonds

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A pair of West Virginia state parks could soon get $52 million to expand and renovate their lodgings and other attractions.

But the necessary measure that passed this week will max out the state's ability to issue bonds backed by lottery proceeds.

The proposed Economic Development Authority bonds would split their proceeds between Morgan County's Cacapon Resort and Beech Fork State Park in Wayne County.

Cacapon would add more than 80 rooms to its lodgings. Its plans also include a spa, indoor pool, a new kitchen and dining area, and additional meeting rooms.

Beech Fork would build a new lodge with similar features.

A handful of lawmakers opposed the measure. Critics say the state should pay for these upgrades with available funds, and not take on additional debt.



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