Steamboat Springs Public policy is a difficult business. One of the toughest, we would argue. In fact, we can think of only one other occupation that draws more criticism than deciding how other people should live, and that's telling them about it.
Public leaders often find themselves in difficult spots. But that's the trade-off: The power to make decisions paid for by the criticism for making them.
In our community, there's a public policy issue that just won't go away, no matter how much our City Council might want it to. It's the issue of nightly rentals, and it's a tough one.
The philosophical split that divides either side of the nightly rental issue comes down to: Those who want to protect the integrity of traditional neighborhoods versus those who want the option to use their money-draining property to generate short-term revenue, from time to time.
What we ask for when we put our vote in the ballot box to choose a leader is someone willing to make a decision and stand by it. That's really our most basic expectation.
And yet we're still waiting for that kind of action from the members of our City Council when it comes to nightly rentals. Despite years of debate and even a recommendation from the Planning Commission, the council has yet to make a concrete decision about nightly rentals, preferring to wait on additional analysis and recommendations.
The time has long since passed for our elected leaders to lead the way on nightly rentals. What's it going to be: Are they OK; not OK; or OK just in certain areas?
They're tough decisions, but decisions you must make.
Our neighborhoods are waiting.