Sunapee operations sue state

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Operators of New Hampshire’s Mount Sunapee ski resort have sued the state, claiming Governor John Lynch has violated their lease agreement by refusing to consider their plan to expand.

Tim and Diane Mueller have run the resort on state-owned land since 1998. The state leases the land to the Muellers.

For six years, the Muellers have tried to expand the resort to include 175 acres of state park land and connect it to private land they own in Goshen. They have proposed building up to 250 condos on that property.

The plan must be approved by the Executive Council, but Lynch has refused to put it before the council for a vote, saying it would be a waste of time, because he would just veto it.

The governor’s office says the lawsuit is without merit.

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