The following comment is from Fred Kirby 8/16/2013
Why can't Oregon local and state politicians deal in specifics. I totally agree, if Mr. Keizer needs the property, make an offer. The people will respond. This package deal sucks! Appears like the three half walnut shell game - which shell is the pea under? Keizer is the Sarah Winchester of golf. Keep building and all will be well. I fully understand Keizer's need to keep building courses so deep pockets golfers will come to play the "new" course. Soon there will be other new and better courses across the US. Then what. I'm also surprised, based on past action, that when Keizer made an offer, our local politicians did not rush to be first to say we'll give you the property, we'll never tax you, provided you promise to hire somebody some day.
OPRD will hold two open house meetings to discuss Bandon Property exchange proposal
July 25, 2013
Bandon and Mt Vernon OR - Oregon Parks and Recreation Department staff will hold two open houses to discuss a proposed property exchange involving part of the Bandon State Natural Area. One meeting will be held in Bandon on the south coast on August 16, 2013, and the other will be in Mt. Vernon in Grant County on August 19. Both meetings will last from 7-9 p.m.
Staff will share more information and answer questions about the proposal to trade 280 acres of the 878-acre Bandon State Natural Area to Bandon Biota, a private landholding entity owned by Michael Keiser, owner of Bandon Dunes and other local golf courses. Bandon Biota proposes to use part of the land to create a 27-hole walking links golf course.
Under the proposal, Bandon Biota would pay at least $300,000 for gorse control on nearby state park properties, transfer two land parcels near Bandon totaling 208 acres into the state park system, and pay as much as $2.95 million to help purchase two other properties: oceanfront property in Lincoln County known as Whale Cove, and 6,100 acres in Grant County near Mt. Vernon for use as a future state park.
Staff will present maps and other information on the properties
during the open houses and answer questions:
Bandon Conference and Community Center,
1200 W 11th Street SW, Bandon OR,
Aug. 16, 7-9 p.m.
Mt Vernon Community Hall,
640 Ingle Street, Mt Vernon OR,
Aug 19, 7-9 p.m.
Comments on the proposal are also being taken by email (firstname.lastname@example.org),
and by regular mail to: OPRD, ATTN: Bandon Proposal, 725 Summer St NE Suite C, Salem OR 97301.
Comments received before September 16 will be delivered to the Commission before their meeting in Condon.
Maps and text about the proposal are available online at http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/pages/commission-bandon.aspx, including audio of public testimony taken at the July 2013 Commission meeting in Coos Bay.
Here is the Proposal:
In brief: Bandon Biota will get 280 acres of non-oceanfront in Bandon State
Natural Area, so that Keiser may build a 27-hole golf course. In exchange, OPRD will get a 111-acre oceanfront parcel to the south of Bandon SNA, a 97-acre parcel on the Coquille River adjacent to Bullards Beach State Park, and will pay the full acquisition price of $2.5 million for the 6,100 acre Grouse Mountain Ranch in Grant County. Additionally, Bandon Biota will contribute money for purchase of an 11-acre parcel in Whale Cove, and provide at least $300,000 for gorse control services in Coos and Curry Counties.
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept.
Attn: Chris Havel
725 Summer St. NE
Salem, OR 97301
I want to make it very clear that I support the right of any business, such as Bandon Dunes, to buy land and set up business in our county. The Dunes Golf Course has done its part to put Bandon on the map and provide jobs for people in the community. Entrepreneurs like Michael Keiser are a real value to our economy through the production and generation of wealth that is rebounding locally, several times over.
However, I do not support the use of public tax dollars or public lands for the sole benefit of private industry. I do not support the use of non-governmental agencies as a front for business, but I recognize that it is the government systems that dogmatic bureaucracies have created, which have caused these perversions in the natural market. This is why we need to get government out of the business of owning property and let the free market dictate the situation.
Oregon Parks and Recreation Department has too much territory in its inventory and should just sell the property outright to The Dunes Gold Course and not turn this project into some kind of taxing scheme---all to the detriment of the taxpayer…..Sincerely, Rob Taylor