Dangerous Precedent: Summit County Wins in Marxist Land Grab Case

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Andy and Ceil Barrie outside their cabin

Andy and Ceil Barrie have had to surrender to Summit County’s heartless land grab. Their ten acre parcel and unheated cabin, which was to serve as their retirement dream home, was seized by the county because they used an ATV to get to their home.

What is dangerous about this case is that a local government seized private property to preserve it for “open air”. That is Marxism.

“I think we presented some interesting arguments, but I don’t have unlimited funds,” Andy Barrie said. “They essentially spent me to death.”

The county, in line with the thinking of ICLEI and extreme environmental groups, believes they have the right to ban all motorized vehicles on private land in their county.

They are only giving the Barries $115,000 for their land valued at five times that amount. The family spent $80,000 trying to protect their rights. They bought the land and the ATV for $550,000 in 2011.

While the Barrie’s were negotiating, the county simply took the land for wildlife since humans obviously have fewer rights.

The governments at all levels are out of control and they are in the business of revenge.

Cliven Bundy is putting up a good fight in Nevada but the government will simply ban him from grazing his cattle, put a judgment on his property, and bankrupt him with our tax dollars. They were ready to shoot him and they did their best to take away his free speech rights.

The Center for Biodiversity is one of the leading organizations behind Agenda 21 and it’s enforcement arm – ICLEI. It has been waging war on private property owners throughout the West and elsewhere over so-called “protected” species.

The banning of off-road vehicles is one of their causes. Federal, state and local governments that don’t comply with their unreasonable demands are sued or have the Bureau of Land Management down their throats. The federal government is a more-than-willing participant in what are now known as “sue and settle” cases. Read about what they are up to on this link and this link.

The federal, state and local governments are asserting their non-existent rights over all the land in that they decide to take. It’s an abuse of power.

Andy and Ceil Berrie have or I should say had a small 100-year old cabin with a panoramic view of towering pines in the White River National Forest.

They bought the cabin and surrounding 10-acre parcel surrounding the cabin to live out their dream in the Colorado mountains but the American Dream is no more unless the government says it is.

Summit County seized their property over their use of a motorized vehicle to get to their own land. The County claims they do not have the legal right to use their ATV to get to their land.

The county government and Forestry Service didn’t want the couple driving their ATV up the 1.2-mile mining road to their cabin and their solution was to seize their land by eminent domain, according to Fox News. It was expedient.

They are not using Eminent Domain to promote economic development which is the usual reason. They are saying it is to preserve open space! This is clearly Agenda 21 – the government is seizing private property for wildlife. The goal is to move humans off private land and onto approved lands. The Barries were easily made into victims as the new owners.

If the government can seize private property for open spaces, are we all Marxists now?

Open space “is all it’s ever been,” said Andy Barrie. “I feel like I can’t trust my government.”

The County attorney said they acted because the Berries used motorized transport to their cabin.

It’s the 21st century. We use motorized transport now. The previous owner used the ATV. Their ATV is easier on the terrain than foot traffic.

When the Barries prepared a court challenge to the government banning their use of a motorized vehicle, the County contacted them to buy their land. When the Berries said it wasn’t for sale, the County voted to condemn the property.

Experts in eminent domain say it’s rare for governments to use that power to create parks or open space. It sets a dangerous precedent.

The Barries were willing to give some of the land to conservation groups and they said they would demolish the cabin if necessary. “We just want the land,” Ceil Barrie said forlornly. “I don’t feel like this is America,” she said.

The County officials feel justified because they’ve only filed Eminent Domain twice before but the fact is that if they get away with this, they will.
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