Andy and Ceil Barrie in their dream home
Update: There is something else that needs to be explored in this case. While the County has been the instigators in this case, they mentioned that people here don’t want the land marred, they want it kept pristine.
The Center Biodiversity has been waging war on the private property owners throughout the West over so-called “protected”s species. Colorado and the banning of off-road vehicles is in the crosshairs. States and local governments that don’t comply with their unreasonable demands are sued or have the Bureau of Land Management down their throats. Read about what they are up to on this link.
Don’t you see what is going on here? The federal government is asserting rights over all the land in the United States and it has seeped into the local governments. It’s an abuse of power.
Original Story: Andy and Ceil Berrie have a small 100-year old cabin with a panoramic view of towering pines in the White River National Forest.
They bought the 3-bedroom home and a surrounding 10-acre parcel surrounding the cabin to live out their dream in the Colorado mountains as empty nesters. Now they are losing their home. Summit County is seizing 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 is to seize their land by eminent domain, according to Fox News.
They are not using Eminent Domain to promote economic development as is the practice, but to preserve open space!
Now 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.
Hello, it’s the 21st century. We use motorized transport now. Their ATV is easier on the terrain than foot traffic.
When the Berries 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 Berries are willing to give some of the land to conservation groups and 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 do it again.