Oregon Park Land Swap Hearing Draws Big Crowd

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July 28, 2011 by   - () Leave a Comment

No new details of a proposed land swap between Curry County and the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department came out during a bimonthly meeting of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Commission held in Bandon, Ore., on July 20, The Bandon Western World reported.

But the parks commissioners got an earful of opposition to that deal from Curry County residents and recreational users of Blacklock Point and Floras Lake.

An unrelated preliminary land trade proposal from Bandon Biota LLC, a corporate sibling of Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, drew comments both pro and con.

Two unrelated proposals

The commission, which governs Oregon’s state parks, held its meeting in Bandon so it could hear details of the two separate proposals for trading other land for parks land.

Curry County Commissioner George Rhodes planned to use his scheduled three minutes to briefly describe his county’s proposal. He has talked elsewhere about a plan to take over Cape Blanco Airport from the state, swap some county land for an unknown amount of the state’s adjacent Floras Lake and Blacklock Point area, and create a county park, golf course, RV park, hiking trails and possibly other amenities. Rhodes’ three minutes was increased to 30 by the commission, but he said he wasn’t prepared to give a presentation of that length.

Bandon Dunes General Manager Hank Hickox and real estate specialist Bob Johnson attended to discuss Bandon Biota’s preliminary proposal.

Tentatively, Bandon Biota would trade two parcels it owns adjacent to two separate area state parks properties for about 206 acres of the Bandon State Natural Area south of town. One of the Bandon Biota properties adjoins Bullards Beach State Park, the other the BSNA.

The company would combine the new acreage (currently part of the southeast side of the BSNA) with about 200 acres it already owns in that area for the purpose of constructing a 27-hole golf course and pro shop. Bandon Muni Golf Course would offer low fees for local people and other Oregon residents, while charging out of state visitors full price ” roughly $250.

As part of the deal, Bandon Biota would control gorse not only on its own property in that area, but also on adjacent BSNA land not included in the trade.

A crowd of about 150 filled the Harbortown Events Center, most to speak against the Curry County plan.

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