SAVE THE PENINSULA COALITION
Contact: Doug Malkan, Organizer, 453-6695, 389-6320,
STATEMENT ON THE SAVE THE
PENINSULA INITIATIVE PASSING
Frisco Question 200 passes
by 66 percent in election
Today’s vote was victory for the people in Frisco and everybody in Summit County and
the State of Colorado.
The Peninsula, home to the Frisco Nordic Center and open space and recreation is
cherished and valued in the community -- and this decisive vote shows that.
For the third straight time the
people of Frisco have voted against heavy development on the Peninsula and for
two elections now they have voted against a golf course. This time the people have spoken by
the largest margin yet. The election had a big turnout and the vote was decisive at two-to-one against putting a
golf course on the Peninsula.
The golf course has been a
bad idea for the peninsula from the beginning - financially, water use wise,
recreationally and because of the Nordic Center. The
Frisco Nordic Center draws 20,000 skiers annually from Summit County as well as all over Colorado
and even some nationally.
The golf course idea had
been pushed for years by a small number of people who thought the best way to
get the Peninsula for a golf course was to get themselves elected to the town
council. Shortly after the last election, they got the town’s lawyer to
way to skirt around the prior vote against a golf course on the Peninsula, which
forbid spending any money on the building of a course there. Despite that, the
town council spent $50,000 on plans. At this point the Frisco
town council has wasted many tens of thousands of dollars paying for an urban land
planner that gave us only one option for the Peninsula, which included a golf
course, when the council knew that golf was heading to a vote. That money could
have been better spent.
Frisco’s town council stymied
public comments. They labeled a golf course the “preferred plan” while at the same time
not allowing public input at meetings or during the process. They also
ignored the results of the town survey which showed that golf had a negative
rating and that open space was the number one priority.
The Peninsula is
irreplaceable to Frisco as a public park and Nordic Center. The vote was 723 to
373, an overwhelming two-to-one margin saying for the second time that people do not want the Peninsula fenced off
for a golf course with the town to go into millions of
dollars of debt to build what would have been the sixth golf course in Summit
Unfortunately for the process it became necessary for the people to have a direct say
in the future of the Peninsula and today the people have spoken loud and
clear -- for the third time. People voted overwhelmingly to preserve low-impact recreation oriented
activities on the Peninsula. The people do not want the
character of the Nordic Center destroyed or degraded by high impact
The measure appeared on the ballot November 5,
2002 in the
town of Frisco as TOWN OF FRISCO INITIATED QUESTION 200.
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