How does something like this get permitted?

I’ve have rode my bike past this ‘netting’ several times this summer on the bike trail, it can be seen for a couple of miles and looks like some kind of large bird cage. I get the purpose of it, it’s for driving golf balls. But it looks hideous, and comes up from the prairie like some alien contraption. How does something like this even get permitted? Let alone on land that was granted the city’s largest TIF?

I also took this shot of the spillway today flowing hard.


#1 Mr Eyeroll on 09.23.19 at 10:36 pm

….when you run out of shit to write. Lol. Keep searching.

#2 l3wis on 09.23.19 at 11:24 pm

You are right! After every media source in town has been writing about golf all week, I probably should have picked a different subject. LOL.

#3 "'Extremely' Stable Genius" on 09.24.19 at 12:44 am

The Sanford International purse was $1.8 million, but actually wasn’t that just $1.8 million that they overcharged all of us for health care?

#4 full of it on 09.24.19 at 7:06 am

we need a spillway to take away the town’s tears?

#5 guest on 09.24.19 at 8:08 am

The one thing that I find most interesting is the proximity to the airport and the height of the nets and how this got approved?

This is nothing but a play place for the Sanford good old boys club and their yuppies.

Built by a non profit hospital, its too bad the nets wont allow this place to be dried off via medical helicopters when it rains.

#6 D@ily Spin on 09.24.19 at 9:34 am

Sanford needs a fence because Trump has one. I have no problem with it but it doesn’t deserve a TIF. It’s a safe place for when siding is blowing off the Denty.

It’s along the side of the airport and not an aerial obstruction. When the Denty was being built, Huether had the crane extended to full height with a flag. I calculated it was 73′ into the approach pattern for the main airport runway. That’s a $250k fine. I emailed the city attorney and it was half height thereafter. That much height was never needed. It was all for show.

#7 l3wis on 09.24.19 at 9:36 am

How would like the job of cleaning all the bird’s nests out of this?

#8 Warren Phear on 09.24.19 at 10:47 am

Was this a stand alone TIF, or was the tif for the entire denny complex?

#9 l3wis on 09.24.19 at 10:56 am

I think it was for the whole complex, $9 or 10 million, I believe the life is either 20 or 30 years. boondoggle.

#10 Conservative Here on 09.24.19 at 4:01 pm

D@ily Spin – Do you have TDS? What does Trump have to do with this. I swear the people that complain about him all the time can’t help but, udder his name in things he has nothing to do with. Keep it local the National stuff is toxic to discuss.

#11 "'Extremely' Stable Genius" on 09.24.19 at 6:21 pm

You need not worry about TIFS, because the last time we approved a major TIF, Councilwoman Erickson said that such TIFs don’t cost the school district any money, because the state recognizes these TIFs and makes up the difference to a given district from the state’s coffers…. So there you go, problem solved…. Now, would anyone like to buy a bridge on 8th Street from me?…. It’s in good shape and has only been driven on by old ladies going to church on Sundays.

#12 SouthernExposure on 09.24.19 at 7:22 pm

ESG^ – Get that quote sourced and find a state authority who can explain the claimed impact. Since the quoted is “all in”, this would dampen her at-large impact.

#13 "'Extremely' Stable Genius" on 09.24.19 at 8:24 pm


The source is the council meeting where they deliberated the TIF for the project across from the Levitt. During that deliberation, she made that claim.

#14 Jimmy Doxx on 09.24.19 at 11:02 pm

Once the powers that be use their money to try and buy an election, assuming they are successful, you will see even more private profit being increased through public risk.

#15 LJL on 09.25.19 at 6:18 pm

Pretty much every major city has a golf complex like this. Not a Sanford lover but is it really worth bitchin this much about.

I cant believe no one has been caught riding down that spillway yet. Come on SF methheads!

#16 A sovereign from Seney Island on 09.26.19 at 1:44 am

Some still believe that the spillway is merely an attempt to channel non-fluoridated water away from Sioux Falls consumption so as to further mess with our “precious bodily fluids.”

#17 l3wis on 09.26.19 at 8:29 am

“Pretty much every major city has a golf complex like this.”

So now we are a major City? Who knew.

#18 Ljl on 09.26.19 at 1:28 pm

We’re 140th in US not counting our suburb pop. SF is not a major city yet and I didn’t imply that. Fargo has a smaller version of this type of golf facility Shouldn’t you as a urban sprawl greet weeny find this progress.

#19 This is the reason we should NOT let greed drive development — South DaCola on 11.30.19 at 12:20 pm

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