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Prominent local marina excavated Okoboji without permit


Parks Marina, a staple of East Lake Okoboji in northwest Iowa, removed lake bed sediment last year near its boat forklift station without a permit — a repeat offense, according to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

The marina was recently fined $5,000 for the infraction but was granted an “after-the-fact permit” to approve the excavation, DNR documents show.

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