Ginn seen as good neighbor in one county
MINTURN – Bobby Ginn has developed several large communities in Flagler County, Fla., which is on the east coast between Daytona Beach and St. Augustine. Flagler County Administrator David Hass praised Ginn, who has plans for a luxury ski and golf community south of Minturn, for doing what he promised to do – and more.”It’s been quite positive,” Hass said. “I found you could rely upon his word. That’s not always the way it works with developers. “He has made a number of commitments over the years and has lived up to every one of them,” Hass added. “I found him to be very community-minded.”Flagler County is the fifth-fastest growing county in the country and the fastest in Florida, Hass said.At one point, Hass said, the county found it didn’t have the money to purchase a $500,000 fire engine with a ladder to handle emergencies in newly developed and eight-and nine-story buildings.”We went to Mr. Ginn and told him we were $250,000 short,” Hass said. “He wrote a check for it.”The last time Eagle County saw a development proposal similar to Ginn’s was Fred Kummer’s Adam’s Rib resort proposal that called for a Beaver Creek-sized ski mountain 18 miles southeast of Eagle.Facing stiff local opposition and discovering his proposed ski hill didn’t have the right stuff, Kummer subsequently scrapped those plans.