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CHAMBERS BAY: Give credit where it’s due

Letter by Thomas P. Sheppard, Tacoma on Aug. 31, 2010 at 12:41 pm with 8 Comments »
August 31, 2010 1:37 pm

In all the well-deserved praises that have been heaped on the Chambers Bay golf course, the U.S. Amateur championship and the many volunteers who made it a success, no mention has been made of the people who made it all happen.

I am speaking of John Ladenberg, our former county executive, and other county officials who, in the face of much criticism and resistance, had the foresight and courage to stick to their guns.

The property could have easily been zoned for high-end homes, condos and supporting businesses benefiting a few and generating substantial tax income to the county. Yet in spite of this enticing prospect, they built this wonderful facility for the benefit of all county residents. It is off to a great start and will only get better in the future.

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  1. I agree. It is a tremendous asset to the county and the forefathers who followed through deserve all the credit.
    Thousands of people use the facility whether golfing or walking, running and biking. Once the beach access is opened the numbers will go even higher and the ultimate trail system of 15 miles or so will also add to the enjoyment.
    Great job, fabulous view and worth every cent.

  2. Yeah, and those who opposed it are now shouting its praises! What a bunch of sycophants and liars (Muri and Carrell)

  3. smcelhiney says:

    I’d still rather see it be something “everyone” could afford to use. The golf course was a wonderful idea for well connected rich people, and it has been operating in the red from day one. That leaves the possibility (almost assured) that the surrounding property WILL be sold off for high end homes in that little add-on to the funding bill allowing that in just the circumstance it’s in. What we have right now is a very expensive sandbox that has nothing to do with the mission of clean water the property should be dedicated to. They spent 20 million cleaning and moving sand around…

    Yep, it’s nice, glad everyone seemed to enjoy the event. Unfortunately almost none of that positive economic impact helps the people out that are paying for it.

  4. JungleBoy says:

    The property should have been made into a park. Compared to other locations in the state, Tacoma has very few attractive parks.

  5. The people are long past tired of paying for the corruption of the Ladenburg Family !

  6. Who cares how successful this one week was. Headline in the TNT was it “might make a profit’. This thing is a taxpayers worst nightmare.

  7. geeterpontiac says:

    This is essentially Ladenburg’s play toy paid for by the public for the use of the few, such as himself.

    He said as much a few weeks ago when he said people of normal financial means couldn’t afford to use the facility very often. Why? Because it was too expensive.

    The TNT should examine how often and how much time Landenburg has spent on the course. The Landenburgs have a long history of doing what is best for them at the expense of the public.

    And Landenburg himself even threatened some local unions a few years because they didn’t endorse him or his wife quickly enough to suit him. That is a clear indicator of the person he is.

    I do know, that Muri thought the facility should be done by private means rather than dipping into the public pocketbook. That is a plus in my book. Of course, that would have meant it wouldn’t be built unless it could pay for itself.

    Supports of the Sprinker remod that actually benefits ordinary people and especially kids should keep in mind where Landenburg priorities really are.

    It isn’t on the taxpayer. It’s on making the Landenburgs happy.

  8. stetsonwalker says:

    It is time to put this up for a public auction and sell it off to the highest bidder.

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