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Fate Of Keiser's Bandon Muni TBD

Matt Ginella with an update from Mike Keiser on his attempts to acquire a parcel of land in a state parks land swap to build a muni for the town of Bandon.

It doesn't sound great...

“It’s no better than 50/50 that this will happen,” says Mike Keiser, owner of Bandon Dunes, the five-course resort on the Southwest Coast of Oregon.

Keiser’s admittedly frustrated. He has land, money, a vision for a lasting legacy that would continue to positively impact the locals and the local economy, and yet he’s having a hard time giving it away. He has been trying to negotiate a land swap with the Oregon State Parks Department for four years. He’s set to meet again on Wednesday, May 15, where he says he will make his final offer.

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Reader Comments (7)

Keiser should wait until the 30 million U.S. golfers mark is reached to build a new course. Until then he should limit his generosity to converting one of those 5 at the resort to a muni.
In the words of Dana Carvey doing Geo. W.H. Bush, "Not gon' happen."
05.14.2013 | Unregistered Commentergov. lepetomane
It is amazing that fear in the community will probably derail the Muni project. It is really too bad.

Surpised by the contrast in attitude between the Oregon Coast and Cape Breton. Both area struggle economically. Perhaps things are so bad in Cape Breton that they have embraced pragmatism.

Without the Muni, maybe it is time for the Sheep Ranch just north of Pacific Dunes to be developed by Mike Kaiser.
05.14.2013 | Unregistered CommenterTiger Hater
I recall the Oregon Coast when fishing and logging were a way of life. Then it was meth labs and rural piverty. Bandon Dunes and Mike Keiser have contributed greatly to the area's renaissance. It will be a shame if the state cannot make this deal work.
05.14.2013 | Unregistered Commenterpasaplayer
Why does Bandon need another golf course? The population base is really small and I wonder if a majority of the local golfing population already works at Bandon Dunes. Bandon Crossings should have full tee sheets before another (non-resort located) championship course is built.

It seems like it's a land grab to wring extra revenue from out of town golfers, not to improve the golfing market for local residents.
05.14.2013 | Unregistered CommenterBob
Oregon plays dirty. Keiser 's lucky to have gotten as far as he has.
05.14.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDirtclod
I agree with Bob. Bandon Crossing is fun to play, yet rarely busy. Fees for the locals are reasonable there too.
05.14.2013 | Unregistered CommenterNubi
Mike Kaiser got the land - exciting stuff.

Mind you, it is going to be almost across the road from Bandon Crossings - will be interesting to see if it helps or hurts them.
05.15.2013 | Unregistered CommenterTiger Hater

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