Thank you for all your work regarding the issues surrounding Emerald Park and the Triple Crown organization. Back in the early '90s I stood up in front of your predecessors and denounced Triple Crown stating that our town should promote our mountain sports for which we are famous, rather than team sports that seemed uncharacteristic given our lack of amenities (at the time).
City Council disagreed, citing our need for a year-round economy. City Council took it upon themselves to create opportunity; I adjusted my business to embrace that decision.
Somewhere along the line of discussion there was a promise residents in the vicinity of Emerald Park believe was made. If, in fact, that promise was made and documented : end of discussion, Triple Crown should not be permitted at Emerald Park. But, if there is no such documentation of such a promise, as is common business practice, then it never happened. Let's play ball.
I've always been a big believer that city leaders should strive to create opportunity for their constituents. By doing so (creating opportunity), we create an atmosphere where subsidizing housing and child care become less necessary. With opportunity, affordability follows.
In my business, for example, we hire youths from the community, thus giving them a sense of work ethic. We purchase products from other merchants, we pay sales and use tax. The benefits of opportunity don't need to be listed, I think you understand.
I have several good friends who live on Trafalgar Drive. I empathize with their situation and hope they'll understand mine. Twelve days is not a lot to ask. City Council must make a decision based on what is best for the community, not for a street of citizens who may have been mislead or didn't have the foresight to have an agreement written down.
We should all work to create opportunity and work equally hard to eliminate subsidy.
Peter Van De Carr