Taxpayers should not be financing cheap golfing in Summit County |

Taxpayers should not be financing cheap golfing in Summit County

Jerry Dokken’s dream of a cheap 18-hole golf course, reserved for local citizens and financed by unspecified “public entities,” must sound like heaven on earth to golf enthusiasts of Summit County.   

Before we go off chasing this particular rainbow, however, let’s pause for a reality check. The reality is the voters of Frisco face a here-and-now decision on the Nov. 5 election day about whether to go forward with including a nine-hole golf course in the recreation master plan for the Frisco Peninsula Recreation Area. 

That plan, drawn up by consultants paid with Frisco taxpayers’ money, is on the table, ready for endorsement by our indulgent town council.  

Only we voters can stop it by voting “yes” on the ballot initiative to ban golf from the peninsula. 

Such a vote probably will not stop the dreamers dreaming of affordable and accessible golf for Summit County citizenry – nor should it. 

That search, however, cannot operate on illusion. Taxpayers must not be asked to subsidize cheap golf – even under the guise of tax-supported “public entities” – and at the expense of scarring the pristine beauty of our environment. The current plan would do just that.

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