Burkhalter is a familiar figure. He's considering a Democratic race for governor in 2014. He had a controversial proposal for an office building at Sixth and Woodlane, across from the Capitol (downsized in height after Capitol Zoning District Commission opposition).
The Game and Fish money would help with a boat ramp. This project has moved along slowly, in part because of questions from river shippers about whether the marina's nearness to the Arkansas River navigation channel posed a shipping hazard. The design has been altered several times as a result, but when I last checked, it was still being reviewed by the Corps of Engineers and Coast Guard.