By Lon Anderson
Fortitude Ranch, a survivalist community in Lost River, recently came to the attention of local residents when it held an open house in April and promoted itself with videos on Facebook. Concerned citizens then contacted the Hardy County Planning Commission which added the ranch to its agenda for discussion at its May meeting. That discussion item ended up dominating the meeting.
“Your open houses and publicity generated citizen concerns and phone calls to us,” explained County Planner, Melissa Scott to the Ranch’s CEO, Drew Miller, who attended last week’s meeting by phone and also submitted a written statement to the Commission.
Fortitude Ranch, according to Miller’s statement is “a private, country club style membership, recreational and survival community, not open to the general public.”