GUNNISON - A legal battle between Colorado boaters and a Texas real estate developer
came to an end on Tuesday. The Colorado River Outfitters Association (CROA) withdrew their four proposed right-to-float ballot measures, after the developer Lewis Shaw stopped trying to block boating on the Taylor River next to his properties.
"Today is a great day for boaters," CROA president Bob Hamel said. "Now boaters on the Taylor can continue to float that beautiful
river they have been floating for decades."
Two rafting companies in the Gunnison area and Shaw's attorneys came to an agreement after Shaw promised to allow rafters on the river without the threat of lawsuit. Since December 2009, when Shaw first threatened legal action against rafters, the situation escalated until laws to combat the developer were drawn up.
"Commercial rafters are committed to being good neighbors to adjacent landowners and conscious stewards of Colorado's rivers," Hamel said. "We look forward to continuing conversations with landowners and other river enthusiasts about how to ensure that Colorado's rivers can be enjoyed by all."
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