Town officials approve anti-golf petition for Frisco peninsula
FRISCO – Frisco town officials announced Monday they have approved the Save the Peninsula Coalition petition to prohibit a golf course on the Frisco peninsula.
“Now we are in the business of gathering signatures and we need everyone who loves the peninsula to come to our meeting and volunteer a little time to help get this on the ballot,” wrote coalition organizer Doug Malkan in a press release.
The group is against the planning, design or construction of a golf course on the peninsula for environmental, recreational and financial reasons.
Among the group’s concerns are the preservation of open space, disturbance of the Frisco Nordic Center and peninsula hiking and biking trails, the environmental impact on both Lake Dillon and the peninsula, and the financial implication to the town’s taxpayers.
Now that the group has been given the green light to begin its petitioning process, it has 90 days (until Sept. 3) to collect the signatures of 422 registered Frisco voters – 15 percent of the registered electors as of the April 2 election.
The Summit Daily News was not able to reach Malkan for comment.
Petition supporter and former Frisco council member, Jon Kreamelmeyer, said he could not speak for the group, but “my personal feeling … to me, it’s not so much about golf or no golf. It’s about allowing the citizens the opportunity to choose.”
Another petition supporter and Frisco resident, Jim Skvorc, agreed. He said he believed town officials have not been listening to the people.
“We’re just proponents of people having a say so,” Skvorc said. “Everybody I’ve talked to feels the same way – if the citizens of Frisco say build a golf course, fine. End of story. We’ll abide by that decision.
“Nobody’s going to chain themselves to bulldozers, we just want to have a voice,” Skvorc said. “We can’t think of anything that’s fairer or more democratic than going to a vote of the people.”
“I think the whole petition is foolish,” Frisco resident Dennis Clauer said. “All (town officials) are trying to do right now is determine the feasibility of six or seven amenities. Basically, what (the coalition) … is trying to do … they’re trying to separate one item and say we don’t want it out there.”
Town officials stress they are not designing or building a golf course. Nor are they planning for only a golf course on the peninsula.
Last month, council members approved $35,000 to hire a consultant – Winston Associates – to determine the feasibility of six amenities for the peninsula. Town officials named the top amenities as a sledding/tubing hill/ ski jump, Nordic village, multi-purpose center/ ice arena/ performing arts center, golf course, improved summer/ winter trail network and an amphitheater, if it can be coordinated with the other amenities.
“Before we see what the consultant comes up with, none of us know whether golf will even be one of the final uses proposed,” said Frisco assistant town manager Theresa Casey.
Though Skvorc said they coalition has had positive feedback from Frisco residents interested in signing the petition, Kreamelmeyer said it might be a challenge to collect the required signatures in time.
“I think it’s going to be tough,” he said, pointing out that 422 exceeds the number of Frisco voters (362) who cast a ballot April 2.
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