Park Land Swap Tees Off Opponents
Oregon's love of natural areas, the push for economic development, and a governor who resigned under pressure... these are just some of the elements that converge in the state's proposed land swap in the Bandon area.
A deal approved last year would turn 280 acres of the Bandon State Natural Area over to a private developer for a golf course.
In exchange, the state would get other pieces of coastal land, plus cash to secure more land on behalf of the public.
But the resignation of Governor John Kitzhaber removed one powerful supporter of the deal, and opponents of the swap are pressing the case for cancellation, or at least further review.
We explore the issue from several angles in this hour.