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New Tahoe citizen group forms

Annie Flanzraich
Sierra Sun

INCLINE VILLAGE “-A group of neighbors and North Shore residents have formed a new nonprofit corporation called the “North Tahoe Preservation Alliance” to “preserve and protect the natural resource assets in the Northern Region of the Lake Tahoe Basin.”

The group was previously known as the Friends of Crystal Bay/Brockway.

“We were just a loose organization to begin with,” said organization president and board of directors member Ann Nichols, a Brockway resident. “(Since) this is going to be a long haul and a lot more work than we thought it would be we need a more formal entity to work under.”

The Friends of Crystal Bay/Brockway originally formed early this year in response to Boulder Bay, a planned resort development on the Tahoe Biltmore and former Tahoe Mariner sites in Crystal Bay.

Since, the organization’s 300 members (according to Nichols) have worked hours to compile information about the project.

“It has cost us a considerable amount of time and hundreds and hundreds of hours of all our members times,” Nichols said. “It’s a considerable amount of money also.”

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Nichols declined to specify how much money people have donated to the group or how much money the group has spent in its efforts.

The nonprofit corporation has five directors, who are also the group’s presiding members. They are:

President and director, Ann Nichols: Nichols is a Crystal Bay Realtor who owns her Real Estate office and another commercial property across the street from the Tahoe Biltmore in Crystal Bay. She also owns a condominium in Incline Village and a residence in Brockway.

Director and secretary, Coleman Munch: Munch owns property in Crystal Bay and is an attorney.

Director and treasurer, Leah Kaufman: Kaufman has worked for 30 years as a local planner. She owns Kaufman Planning and Consulting services, a 27-year-old Lake Tahoe Consulting firm that has worked with numerous projects in the Tahoe area including the Safeway development in Kings Beach. She said she advocates “smart and reasonable development.” Kaufman and Nichols said Kaufman is on the board temporarily and will be replaced soon and then later hired by the group in a consulting capacity.

Director, Margaret Eadington: Eadington is a Crystal Bay resident.

Director, Carol Buck: Buck is a 65-year Crystal Bay resident.

Nichols said while the group began with its concern about the Boulder Bay project, it has now expanded its vision to include other Basin planning matters such as Tourist Accommodation Unit transfer and allocations and the regional plan.

“We’re not anti-growth and development,” Nichols said. “We just want something in a scale and keeping with the character that can be supported by our infrastructure.”