3 million reasons to keep Fishhook rural | SummitDaily.com

3 million reasons to keep Fishhook rural

Craig SuwinskiKeystone

As I was greeting Dillon residents attending the Dillon Town Hall meeting on June 4, Mark Thaemert, Fishhook Ranch owner, stopped to talk with me about his talks with Dillon staff and Dillon’s possible annexation of the Fishhook Ranch.One thing led to another, and we talked about the county’s efforts to buy Fishhook a few years ago, and his successful purchase last year. Then price came into the discussion.Thaemert said if I was that concerned about Fishhook, why not buy it? I said the county had offered $750,000 and he had bought it for $875,000, and asked: “What would your price be?”His response: “$3 million.”His response demonstrates exactly what many of us had feared about Dillon proposing to change its Three Mile Annexation Plan to include commercial development at Fishhook.That fear was a developer’s eyes turning into cartoon like big dollar signs when he thought of Fishhook with Dillon’s commercial label attached – dollar signs that would price the property out of out of the reach of the county’s Open Space purchase program.All because of the potential for commercial development that Dillon’s proposed Three Mile Plan would place on it.Fishhook is an important part of the separation between Dillon and Keystone. And, we don’t need more commercial space in an area of the county that can’t support the space it has now.As Joni Mitchell sang in “Big Yellow Taxi” in 1970: “They took all the trees, and put them in a museum, and they charged all the people a dollar and a half just to see ’em. Don’t it always seem to go, that you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone. They paved paradise and put up a parking lot!” We again respectfully ask that Dillon Town Council take Fishhook and Glen Cove out of Dillon’s Three Mile Annexation Plan.Dillon has so much potential downtown. It would be a shame to divert the council’s immense talent, and its attention, from the rough diamond that is Dillon’s downtown center.

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