FODPG President Dan Baumgartner’s full statement 4.21.2020

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PRESIDENT BAUMGARTNER RESPONSE TO LESTER CLOSURE

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9 Responses to FODPG President Dan Baumgartner’s full statement 4.21.2020

  1. Michael Ciesielski says:

    This is totally unacceptable to close Lester Park. This is is another example of poor liberal leadership in Duluth and now golfers will pay the price because Duluth leaders can’t manage the tax payers money. Big businesses do not want to come to Duluth because Duluth does not business friendly, causing us to lose out on big tax revenue dollars (example Cisco). We are nothing but a tourist industry which is not sustainable to be a successful city. I think the last 40 years are proof of that. What a joke.

  2. Marian Sundal says:

    Thank you Dan for being a super advocate for our beautiful courses. I for one appreciate all your effort and can hardly wait for the next election.

  3. Michael Ciesielski says:

    This is totally unacceptable to close Lester Park. This is is another example of poor liberal leadership in Duluth and now golfers will pay the price. Duluth leaders can’t manage the tax payers money. Big businesses do not want to come to Duluth because this town isn’t business friendly. We lose out on big tax revenue dollars (example Cosco). We are nothing but a tourist town which is not sustainable to be a successful city. I think the last 40 years are proof of that. What a joke.

    • Andy Ruigh says:

      Michael, Please leave politics out of it. Wanting to close Lester has nothing to do with which “side” you want to blame.

      I’d like to join this group, but if it is to be an organization that focuses on politics sides, I’d rather not. I lead the golf department at Dick’s Sporting Goods, so I have both professional and personal interest in what happens here. If you can accept me, being “left of center”, I’ll come on board. But if things are going to degenerate into politics as usual, just tell me up front and I’ll stay away.

  4. Mark Haugen says:

    My wife and I walked 6 of the front nine holes this afternoon.
    I must admit this was a sad afternoon for me personally. I will
    miss the vistas, fresh air and fond memories of summer
    evenings on the practice green.
    Duluth subsidizes several other attractions in the city. I
    question why the golf courses do not qualify for funding from
    the tourism taxes (ie: the aquarium, Spirit
    Mountain, the depot, the Playhouse, etc.)
    Sadly, when Lester Park is gone it’s not coming back! At least
    keep the driving range and practice green open, please.

  5. Rod Teichroew says:

    As I understand it, the golf courses are considered “self-supporting” enterprises, which means they do not get subsidiary funds from the city budget. This has been the basis of the city council’s argument for lack of capital investment and the ongoing assessment of the viability of these courses.

    Why then does a sudden budget challenge create the need to impact these businesses?

    What is happening to the $17 million in the 2020 capital budget scheduled for parks and trails?

    • Nancy Sobczak says:

      I read the article about teenager Christian Houser and friends not being able to golf Lester this summer and that even closed it’ll cost the city 150,000.00. With all the names on his petition if we were able to raise the 150,000 (1,500 golfers x $100 each) we’d have it. I believe people would do it for the kids. I’d b willing to help in any way.
      I also think that opening the course now during this covid19 time would take pressure off other recreational areas.

  6. Sharon Johnson says:

    I am not impressed. I don’t feel as though the mayor gives golfers any respect or credibility. Golfers spend money, not only on their round of golf, but on golf balls, tees, shoes, hats, beer, other refreshments and on it goes. I imagine golfers spend more money in Duluth than the mayor’s hikers and bikers. Why aren’t we all respected? I noticed on our property tax statement additional amount for parks. I’d like to know which parks benefit from that money…..
    So disheartened by this decision.

    How much is the salary for the sustainability officer?

  7. Thomas L Hystead says:

    Dan,
    Well said. Thank you, and the board, for all your hard work. I hope there is a way to convince the City to reconsider.

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