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Re: “The law of the land

The issue is somewhat different than explained. Generally, local control is better than federal control for issues such as parks because the citizens that use the parks are the ones that care the most. Local control is better than federal control because citizens have the ability to meet with local elected officials for any issues.

The threat of hikers being arrested by untrained forest rangers is concerning. There are many recent examples where the threat of enforcement has been used by the U.S. Forest Service against the local hiking community:

---At the public meetings for Jones Park, the U.S. Forest Service prominently displayed signs at every meeting with the penalties (jail time and fine) for hiking in the area. While the public continued to use the area, the threat of enforcement was used as an intimidation tactic. No one was arrested, but why threaten the thousands of users that summer? [even Doug Lamborn was run over by the USFS on this issue - his office did hike in protest of the ban].

---At the Bear Creek Roundtable, the U.S. Forest Service continues to push for enforcement of penalties against local hikers (proposed ordinance against off-trail hiking was recently discussed). The Historic Trail is scheduled for closure this summer, and the U.S. Forest Service maintains that local hikers will be dragged into federal court if they hike off-trail.

In the example cited at Mount Herman, I do not understand why the county sheriff would not be able to enforce a ban on shooting. The law to reimburse local agencies for the cost of enforcement seems reasonable.

Misuse of the power of enforcement is the concern. I prefer local control, supervised by an elected official, to what I have seen by the U.S. Forest Service. The criminal activity cited is: local hikers being off-trail. Not much of a crime except to the federal government. Why not leave this to the discretion of the local sheriff?

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Posted by MChaussee on 02/11/2017 at 11:22 AM

Re: “A conservation easement could settle some land-swap issues, but it's complicated

Good reporting on a topic in the limelight.

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Posted by MChaussee on 05/18/2016 at 6:04 PM

Re: “Appraisal process accelerated for city's Strawberry Fields 'Disposal Project'

Once the Broadmoor owns Strawberry, they will get a "highest and best use" appraisal common to real estate transactions. The City will lose a scarce open space and $10M of value in the deal.

Karen Palus needs to get her stories straight.

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Posted by MChaussee on 04/20/2016 at 4:13 PM

Re: “UPDATE: Parks Board approves land swap

How can anyone vote for this without seeing the appraisals?

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Posted by MChaussee on 04/20/2016 at 4:01 PM

Re: “City refuses to release appraisals in Broadmoor land exchange; opponents start to mobilize

The Parks Department should stay out of the business of deal making with private developers and stick to managing parks. Appraisals should been done and released prior to any announcement of support by the Parks Department. Good real estate practice requires a written contract, but this is an oral agreement so no one can question it. Good exchange analysis requires that the price the Broadmoor paid for the land be considered, but instead the City allows a markup of 20 times. Now, the appraisals are a secret from the people that pay taxes. What a process.

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Posted by MChaussee on 04/06/2016 at 9:26 PM

Re: “Springs taxpayers paid for these four to move here

"Tampa parks and recreation director Karen Palus and a top lieutenant left their jobs this week amid a city effort to make the oft-criticized department more responsive."

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Posted by MChaussee on 03/25/2016 at 1:31 PM

Re: “Skorman and Broadmoor boss get into it

"The Broadmoor isn't a willing seller." So, they are just holding the City hostage to give up a community park. This deal is starting to stink!

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Posted by MChaussee on 03/04/2016 at 10:27 AM

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