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Minturn a step closer to voting on ski resort

Steve Lynn
Vail, CO Colorado

MINTURN, Colorado ” A Minturn man has turned in a petition to the town that could let residents vote on a private ski resort.

After helping gather 89 signatures in a little more than two weeks, Minturn activist Frank Lorenti turned in the petition Monday. Lorenti and Pete Vance, also of Minturn, want Minturn residents to vote on whether to include 4,300 acres of land owned by the Ginn Development Co. in the town of Minturn.

Ginn wants to build a private ski resort, golf course and 1,700 homes and condominiums on and around Battle Mountain, south of downtown Minturn.

If town staffers decide the signatures are valid, town councilors have 60 days from Monday to put Ginn’s project to a vote of residents, Lorenti said.

In a major step toward letting Ginn proceed with its plans, town councilors voted unanimously in February to include Ginn’s land into Minturn.

If a referendum is held and residents vote to uphold the annexation, town councilors will vote again, possibly later this year, to finally approve or deny the project.

If residents vote against the annexation, Ginn could walk away from the project, or Red Cliff or Eagle County could strike a deal with the developer, town officials have said.

Staff Writer Steve Lynn can be reached at 748-2931 or

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