Private ski resort approved in Minturn |

Private ski resort approved in Minturn

Steve Lynn
Vail, CO Colorado

MINTURN, Colorado ” A private ski resort was unanimously approved at a Minturn Town Council Meeting Wednesday night after almost three years of consideration.

Town councilors unanimously voted to include land owned by the Ginn Development Co. into the town of Minturn.

Ginn wants to build 1,700 homes and condominiums and a private ski resort and golf course south of Minturn. Last week, town councilors also voted to unanimously approve the annexation, but their second vote Wednesday night made the decision final.

Town councilors voted yes because they wanted Minturn to have control over a development that Town Councilwoman Shelley Bellm called “inevitable.”

Another government could have annexed Ginn’s land if Minturn had failed to do so, Town Councilman Tom Sullivan said.

“I don’t see that we have that many options,” Sullivan said. “Considering that, I believe we’ve struck an unbelievable deal.”

Meanwhile, Minturn resident Frank Lorenti asked Minturnites to sign a petition calling for a vote by residents on the annexation. Go to for information on how to sign the petition, Lorenti said.

“We need to stand up for our right to vote,” Lorenti said.

Town councilors did not give residents the chance to vote on the annexation, but some said they supported a vote by referendum.

The procedure to vote by referendum is simple, Town Councilwoman Kelly Brinkerhoff said.

“If the people want to vote, they should vote,” she said. “I’m all for that.”

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