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Maurer acknowledges some mistakes, attributing them to planners who were not golf sophisticated, though he himself has been a golf professional. He promised the errors would not be repeated.
But corporate assurances are not enough for Stuart R. Paine, a 49-year-old semiretired manufacturer of bed frames and ironing boards who moved to Pinehurst two years ago. Mr. Paine comes from Louisville where, he says, enterprises like his and Diamondhead's are watched by elected officials and regulatory bodies—mayors and aldermen and zoning boards. Under the Pinehurst setup, he said, the town building inspector works for the major contractor: Diamondhead.
"That's like putting the fox in the hen house," he said.
Mr. Paine says his organization wants change to be orderly and characterized by prudent concern for the problems that growth will bring.
"We want to be participants in change," he said, "not victims of it." Concerned Citizens now has about 200 members, including six or eight who own Diamondhead condominiums. But at least as many residents want nothing to do with the group, and they have formed something called Citizens Concerned About Concerned Citizens.
Nevertheless, the Concerned Citizens in mid-October reached a 22-point agreement with Diamondhead. Most important among the points was No. 1: "On or before January 31, 1974, an election will be held to elect nine (9) members to The Village Council of Pinehurst, and thereafter an election shall be held annually...."
The folks who rode in Happy's bus would not have understood.