Jan Sanders: Fallout from Dillon vs. Yacht Club lawsuit?
“Are we next?” is a tantalizing question that begs for an answer. The Summit Daily News editorial, “Dillon’s Dilemma” (March 9) first proposed the question, and went on to present facts and opinions related to the ongoing lawsuit between Yacht Club Condominiums on Lake Dillon (YCC) and the Town of Dillon (TOD). YCC owners won the lawsuit, yet, as stated in the editorial, “…the town is now appealing the ruling, ensuring not only continued legal expenses for the town but the ongoing ill-will such proceedings inevitably produce.”
This legal conflict between homeowners and a town certainly makes one wonder “Are we next?” and rightly so. To answer that question, every adult in Summit County may want to consider the following thoughts concerning “continued legal expenses for the town” and “ongoing ill-will.”
How much money has TOD spent on this litigation including money from the Summit County legal pool? Will more spending be the best use of our money? When other lawsuits arise, will sufficient funds be available in the legal pool for all towns?
Will this continued legal battle encourage good will between a government and its homeowners, commercial property owners, business owners, their customers and other guests? Have all property and business owners recently checked to see if town right-of-ways intersect or cross their property or parking areas? Will this ongoing lawsuit be conducive to welcoming visitors and new businesses to our beautiful mountain communities?
If indeed, should the appeals court uphold the original rulings from a well-respected district court judge, will the YCC vs. TOD case set a precedent for all future Summit County right-of-way lawsuits?
Answers to these questions may in-turn answer the question “Are we next?” so that the question does not become the statement “We ARE next!”
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