Minturn: Residents’ group backs ski resort |

Minturn: Residents’ group backs ski resort

Steve Lynn
Vail, CO Colorado

MINTURN, Colorado ” A committee of Minturn residents will encourage voters to support a developer’s plans to build a private ski resort in an upcoming referendum on the resort.

Members of Minturn Citizens for Annexation will talk to voters to ensure a high voter turnout in a May referendum and to make sure clear, concise and accurate information is available to voters, the group said in a statement.

The group includes representatives from the Ginn Development Co., business owners and town councilors, members said.

Ginn wants to build 1,700 homes and condominiums and a private ski resort and golf course on and around Battle Mountain, south of downtown Minturn. Voters will decide whether to include Ginn’s land into Minturn in a referendum May 20.

“We approached Ginn Resorts … and asked how the majority of Minturn residents who support this annexation could get involved to ensure a successful result,” Fred Haslee, committee treasurer and former Minturn Town Council member, said in the statement.

The group’s Web site,, encourages voters to uphold town councilors’ February decision to annex 4,300 of Ginn’s land into the town of Minturn by voting yes.

Ginn will provide a community recreation center, new water and wastewater treatment plants, a scholarship fund, a $50 golf and ski pass for Minturn and Red Cliff residents, a clean-up of mine waste, $3.5 million for wildlife protection, funding to buy U.S. Forest Service land and more tax revenue, the group said.

“Our elected officials diligently worked to forge the best possible deal with the developer in order to guarantee a bright and prosperous future for the town we all love,” Haslee said in the statement.

The group has registered with the town of Minturn as an “issues committee” to comply with Colorado law, the statement says.

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