No Gun Range At Sandy Hollow

Date posted - March 3, 2012

It’s not known what will become of Sandy Hollow — the former campground, swimming hole, and golf course east of Sioux Center. One thing is sure though — it won’t become a gun range any time soon.

Backers of the Northwest Iowa Outdoor Sporting Complex had received approval from Sioux County Planning and Zoning, but opponents formed a group known as “Park Green” to oppose the idea. Many of them were not opposed to the idea of a gun range per se — they just didn’t want Sandy Hollow to become a gun range.

A district judge ruled that Planning and Zoning didn’t have the final say on the issue — that was up to the Sioux County Board of Supervisors.

In August, the issue came before the County Board, and they tabled it indefinitely.

The issue came off the table at the February 28th County Board Meeting, and by a 3 to 2 margin, the county board rejected the gun range proposal.

Those in favor were supervisors Al Bloemendaal of Sioux Center and John Degan of Hawarden. Those opposed were Mark Sybesma of Sioux Center, Dennis Wright of Hull, and Arlyn Kleinwolterink of Orange City.

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