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Issue: A debate over gates: The proliferation of secured luxury golf communities in North Idaho has generated an ongoing discussion among locals and developer/Erica Curless (pictured above with Gozzer Ranch development boss Andy Halloran, left), Spokesman-Review
More Info: (Marshall Chesrown) quotes a 1998 feasibility study as evidence: "Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, could be the last undiscovered jewel for recreation property left in America." He grinned and massaged the leather on his ostrich-skin cowboy boot. "Eight years later, we've definitely been discovered." It's a feat he attributes to Duane Hagadone, who put Coeur d'Alene on the golf radar with his floating green.
DFO: I don't begrudge the millions of dollars Chesrown, John Stone and those clowns from Discovery have made developing our lakeside. Cows or millionaires -- not much difference as long as they stay for the most part behind their fences, er, gated communities.
Question: On a scale of one to 10, how would you rate the importance to Kootenai County of the upscale, golfing communities built by Chesrown, Discovery Co., and others?