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Credit Island Lodge to be Rebuilt

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It was up for debate for months, but we now know the Credit Island Lodge will have a future. Davenport council members voted Wednesday night to rebuild. The vote was unanimous, and met by applause from the audience packed into chambers.

Several people got up to speak before the vote, reminding Aldermen of the work Task Force members have done over the past months, ever since the lodge burned during spring flooding, leaving behind a charred shell.

Engineers surveyed the Lodge, and determined the first floor was structurally sound. And the Task Force determined the City could use the 1.2 million dollars in insurance money to rebuild to make residents and FEMA reps happy. To do that, crews would install vents that let water run in and out during floods, but also allow area families to enjoy the building and all it would offer the rest of the year.

Mary Cormier with the Friends of Credit Island says, "Out of the fire, it will rise like a Phoenix. That's what we're looking for, giving the Island it's respect back that's overdue." 

Task force members say they expect the building to be 80 to 90 percent restored when it's all said and done. The Friends of Credit Island say the plan to write grants for additional funds.

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