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Minturn ski resort could face referendum

Steve Lynn
Vail correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado

MINTURN, Colo. ” A Minturn resident has submitted a petition to the town for a referendum that could decide the fate of a proposed private ski resort.

Frank Lorenti said he has given a petition to town staffers for review, a requirement before Lorenti can start gathering signatures.

If town staffers and attorneys approve the language in the petition and return it to Lorenti, he will begin asking Minturn voters to sign it. He doesn’t know when he will get it back.

In a major step toward letting a developer proceed with its plans, the Town Council unanimously voted to include land owned by the Ginn Development Co. into the town of Minturn, located just southwest of Vail, less than two weeks ago. Council members will vote again, possibly later this year, to finally approve or deny the project.

Lorenti complains the council did not give residents the chance to vote on the project. Some council members have said they supported a referendum.

Lorenti would like to see residents vote their conscience, but he wants to bring Ginn back to negotiations so the town gets more out of the developer.

“I’d like to see the citizens vote and we can take it from there,” Lorenti said.


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