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Gilman developer, Minturn council meet

Tamara Miller

MINTURN – The Town Council got its first look at the Florida-based developer whose plans for 6,000 acres south of Minturn have many residents talking. Bobby Ginn introduced himself to the Council during its Wednesday night meeting. The Ginn Company purchased 6,000 acres of land between Vail Mountain, Red Cliff and Minturn for $32.75 million late last year. His ideas for the site are varied, from a private ski resort, to a golf course with luxury homes.Consultants have been hired and already a crew is working on the property, removing felled trees and doing research. But that’s pretty much all Ginn has to say right now. “Right now we can’t say much more, because we don’t know much more,” he said. One thing is fairly certain: Ginn plans to approach the town in the next six months to request Minturn annex his development. His company also plans to open up office in Minturn in the coming weeks, Ginn said. Councilman Darell Wegert encouraged Ginn to be open with the public about his plans. “Folks are concerned and very interested,” Wegert said. Former County Commissioner and Minturn resident Michael Gallagher also attended Wednesday night’s meeting: To urge the town to get ready for this development by strengthening it’s land-use regulations.The current regulations are lacking, Gallagher said. They don’t address certain development issues and they don’t spell out all the of the duties and expectations for the town’s planner. He suggested the council look at Eagle County’s regulations and consider adopting some of them. “Some need to be Minturnized,” he said. Gallagher urged the council to look into the issue soon.”Right now, our vulnerability is pretty big,” Gallagher said. Vail, Colorado

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