Marin Independent Journal

Former golf course not right for fire headquarte­rs

- — Michael McLennan, Terra Linda

I am writing in regard to negotiatio­ns involving Marin County officials that could lead to the former San Geronimo Golf Course becoming a large, industrial complex and fire headquarte­rs (“Marin County options former San Geronimo golf course property,” Dec. 14).

This bad idea has been in the works since before the golf course was poorly managed by the county and closed. It was first outlined in the county's 2010 report called “Fire Facilities Visioning Plan.”

There is a much better site with ready access to Sir Francis Drake Boulevard currently owned and unused by the Tamalpais Union High School District.

If the county backed off the idea of tearing down the golf course clubhouse, the sale of the TUHSD property to the county would help relieve the school district's reported stressed financial situation. I think the county should:

• Move forward on developed sewage treatment facility plans supplying recycled irrigation water.

• Stop the politicall­y motivated fiasco that led to this point and put county officials on notice for their secretive and suspect decisions.

• Purchase the property (county or others) as the golf course it is, along with preserving important community social elements on the clubhouse parcel.

• Hold the Trust for Public Land group accountabl­e for negligent destructio­n over the last four years, thereby obtaining funds for an expensive restoratio­n.

• Move the fire headquarte­rs to the easily accessible TUHSD property, which is discretely set back from this beautiful valley bottomland.

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