Our friends at NJ Herald are reporting that Mountain Creek and Vernon are closing in on a settlement. This could be wonderful news for Vernon and Sussex County. Many taxpayers have feared that this proceeding could have a negative impact on their lives. The chain reaction continued when Vernon notified the SCMUA that they couldn't pay their obligation. Both Mountain Creek and Vernon are hopeful that they're coming up with a solution that can be a win for everyone.
Vernon and Mayor Harry Shortway are trying to figure out who should pay the $28 million debt. This is a challenging situation for sure. Vernon is a tourism based community, and Mountain Creek brings in thousands of tourists year round. Until Sussex County gains more destinations for families, our success rides heavily on the current attractions we have. Hopefully Vernon, Sussex County and Mountain Creek can all find the best possible solution on an enormous $28 million debt, without negatively impacting our costs of living. Mountain Creek recently proposed some of their plans to the courts, you can see those here.
Mountain Creek has been predicting their plans for our area over the past several months. This plan is becoming much closer to reality with their new development agreement. They'll reportedly do studies on what our area can handle. I'm VERY excited for this development. If they do a winery near Mountain Creek South on 94, count me IN! A winery near where I live, and with beautiful mountain views? Yes! This will be on the Sammis Farm property, right near South with absolutely gorgeous views. That being said, I'm hopeful there will be additional infrastructure plans to help this transition. Route 94 has shown it can't handle too much. Can you imagine a winery with a golf course or ski slope view? Great potential. You can click here and see the full story.
These could be major steps in rebuilding Vernon, Sussex County and Jersey. With Legends possibly being rebuilt into a major destination, this can be a great boost for our local economy.
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