MISINFORMED PUBLICI would like to personally thank Kelly Silva for providing those of us who read her column "An Incident without incident" this past Sunday with the so called "rules" of the festival.
Generally, it's those people from out of town who are lacking information concerning rules for events; however, this time it was the local readers. In the article it stated that "no pets, food, cans, bottles, alcohol, coolers, weapons, fireworks, umbrellas or folding chairs are allowed." Upon arriving at the entrance above Ski Time Square and noticing most people carrying items from the above, I asked what was being allowed.
The gate security personnel said that "small coolers, food, plastic water containers, umbrellas and folding chairs" all were being allowed inside. What a difference those few items would have made on such a hot day on the mountain. Many locals I talked to agreed that had they not read the article they would have brought some or all of those items, but instead left them at home thanks to being misinformed.
Maybe some more reliable sources are needed prior to printing such a statement.
Editor's Note: Organizers of the Independence Incident said rules were changed the first day of the concert to accommodate for the heat and availability of food and water. "Certain things changed because of the weather and for the safety of our patrons," promoter John Waldman said. "The promoters apologize for any inconvenience."
CHANGING FOR WORSEI read and concur with the comments made in a letter to the editor published July 1, 2001. The couple from Chicago writing this letter have stated what is unfortunately true of Steamboat Springs. I almost feel like a native in the sense that I have been coming to Steamboat with my family since 1969, two years after my birth. My parents owned one of the first condos at Storm Meadows and are now getting ready to sell their home on the golf course.
Each time I come to Steamboat, the last was this past winter, I become more disturbed with what is happening. Open vistas are becoming clogged with development (Emerald Mountain comes to mind). And with this development comes traffic and stress that I seek to get away from by coming to Steamboat in the first place. I am concerned that Steamboat is losing its sense to be a leader in land use and proper planning. Building density and size have been left unchecked, especially around the Sheraton Golf Course and around Apres Ski Way!
As a member of the Plan Commission in Forest Park, Ill. (a suburb of Chicago), we are seeking to encourage the re-use of existing buildings and the preservation of the unique features that set our suburb apart from others. This, too, should be happening in Steamboat. The western, cowboy charm is being lost. Let's hope that Steamboat reins in this loss before Steamboat's true identity is gone forever. I don't want Steamboat to be "just another ski resort," but a place that is unique from what else is out there.
Forest Park, Ill.
MISSED OPPORTUNITYIt is a sad moment when elaborate descriptions of participants in the Fourth of July parade are given and not one picture or mention is given to the grand marshals. What has happened to the heritage of Steamboat? Have we forgotten how important our past is to our future? I think the newspaper owes an apology to the grand marshals and to the community for this lack of respect for the people who made Steamboat what it is.
Steamboat Chamber Ambassadors vice president
Editor's Note: A story on the grand marshals of the parade appeared in the July 2 edition of Steamboat Today.
UNDUE PROFITSI want to register my extreme displeasure regarding the lack of easy availability of drinking water at The String Cheese Incident concert held at Headwall on Mount Werner in Steamboat Springs on July 3. The String Cheese Incident Web site advised concert-goers that "Patrons will be allowed to enter with empty water or nalgene bottles. Venue will provide easily accessible free water stations throughout public areas." Nothing could have been further from the truth.
When I entered the concert grounds at about 5 p.m. with my empty water bottles, I asked security staff where I could obtain drinking water and was directed to a corner of the lower food court to a single water station. That station was packed with throngs of thirsty people and two staff members were desperately attempting to fill water bottles from two garden hoses and were hopelessly unable to meet the demand in an organized fashion. It was chaos as people pushed and surged vying to gain the beleaguered staff's attention. I waited one hour and 45 minutes to get my bottles filled. I was told that this was the only free water station at the venue.
As you may recall, Tuesday was a very hot, cloudless and dry day. Concert-goers were seated on a shadeless west-facing slope where rapid dehydration was inevitable. I find it irresponsible for the venue to have provided such a limited source of drinking water for so many people under such conditions. I view this breach of the lack availability to water as a serious public health concern. Contrary to what was advertised, access to free drinking was not "easily accessible" nor was it available "throughout public areas."
Concert-goers were not allowed into the venue with their own water bottles, even with sealed lids, which certainly would have helped the situation. I find it interesting that the sole water station was located in the vendor area where small bottles of water were sold for $4 per bottle. It almost appears that access to free drinking water was intentionally limited to encourage sales of overpriced bottled water. If it was the the intent of the venue to overlook or ignore basic public health concerns in the interest of commercial gain, then shame on them and all associated with the event.