John Gunther reports that the Oregon Parks Commission approved a 280-acre land transfer for Mike Keiser to build the Bandon Links.
The state park get wetlands on another property and ocean front acreage, while Keiser gets 288-acres of gorse-heavy land south of Bandon to build 36, including a Gil Hanse 18 where residents will pay a low rate while resort guests will pay more.
The transfer still faces one big hurdle, since the land that would go to Bandon Biota was sold to the Oregon Parks Department by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management on the condition that it remain open to public outdoor recreation. That condition must be removed before the property can be transferred, a process that could take several months, according to Chris Havel of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.
But Tuesday’s vote was a huge step toward the transfer becoming reality.
“We’re pleased with the outcome,” Keiser said this morning, adding that there’s a long ways to go in the process.
“The Bureau of Land Management has to sign off on the ultimate use. And we need approval from Coos County when we come up with a specific plan.”