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The development of an upscale RV park in the small town of Minturn, Colo. was turned down by residents in a general election, according to a report in the Vail Daily News.
The issue, which had divided the town for months, was turned back Tuesday (Nov. 2) by a margin of 316-205, effectively halting plans for a $13 million, 80-space RV park on 32 acres south of town.
The park was proposed by Rocky Mountain RV Parks, which, in return for a long-term lease on the land, would have built a 4,000-square-foot community pavilion, a 12,000-square-foot recreation center and other facilities at no cost to town residents. The park would have contained 80 spaces for RVs as well as 34 cabins of varying sizes for short-term use.
Ella Burnett, a 56-year resident of Minturn, said she didn’t support the measure, and her views may reflect the sentiment of the majority of voters.
“There were too many unanswered questions,” she said. “It’s too big a project for Minturn.”
“Obviously I’m very pleased,” said opponent Tom Sullivan, a town councilman elected after he campaigned against the park. “The people were pretty clear. They don’t want the RV park. It’s refreshing that you can see a small town win some time.”
Proponent Harry Gray, a businessman, said he was disheartened by the decision. Gray said the park was a good deal for the cash-strapped town because it would have brought in more visitors who would have generated more sales tax for town coffers.
“It was a good measure and the right product at right place and right time,” he said. “The (town) visioning committee has been cooking this up for five years. Now it’s time to let the opposition come up with something. The ball’s in their court.”