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Money For Lawyers But Not For Parks

October 19, 2017

 Tusayan Town coffers seem to be strained these days as the Town Council cuts sizable checks to a high-powered DC law firm. The Town has retained Brownstein, Hyatt, Farber, LLC to deal with a fued between the Town and the US Forest Service. That fued is not only angering Town officials, it is having a serious negative impact on Stilo's bottom line. 

The Town Council dramatically scaled back plans for a Town Park because of the costs. At the same time the Town has engaged a high-profile Washington DC law firm after the US Forest Serviced rejected an application for Stilo’s controversial development project at Kotzin.

Even though Stilo has vast financial resources, the residents of Tusayan are picking up the tab for legal efforts that would greatly benefit Stilo and its controversial land proposal. The Watchdog has a public records request seeking specifics on how much Tusayan is paying. That request was filed a month ago. We’ll update you as soon as we get the numbers.

Those efforts have apparently been paying off. Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake have pledged to look into Tusayan’s issues with the Forest Service. Here is a link to some recent correspondence. Both McCain and Flake seem willing to step in to resolve what Tusayan describes as “harassment” by the Forest Service.