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Don’t sign anti-golf petition

Steven R. Smith

I am writing to encourage my fellow Frisco voters, even those who may be inclined to oppose the inclusion of a golf course amongst the amenities on the peninsula, to refrain from signing the anti-golf petition now circulating in the community.

A referendum at this stage of the discussion only serves to debase the representative political process, encourages emotional rather than rational decision making and, most importantly, fosters a lack of finality in the eventual outcome. The current debate, unfortunately, is not over the planning, design and/or construction of a golf course on the peninsula, but over the idea of a golf course on the peninsula. Disagreements about ideas, rather than about actions are particularly ill-suited to the referendum process.

While I must confess to being a golfer, I have not yet made up my mind on the issue. I want the facts. This is the purpose of spending $35,000 on a study by experts. What exactly would the environmental impact be? Where on the peninsula would a golf course be situated relative to the other proposed amenities? Before I make up my mind, I want to see a complete financial analysis. What are all the potential costs and benefits to the town, in dollars and cents? Many have said the county doesn’t need another golf course. That may very well be true. But no one has presented us with any data on the number of rounds being played at other courses and what a reasonable projected growth rate might be.

This is the proper basis on which to make a decision on this apparently important issue, and it cannot be done until the counsel is permitted to do the job it was elected to do; present us with the data and give us its best judgment. There will be time enough to have a vote.

Finally, without going through the tedious process of study and being presented with a recommendation and a proposed course of action for a vote, we will once again have a tentative rather than permanent result.

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