Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Steamboat Springs In his column (and I use that term loosely) April 23, Rob Douglas again proceeded to brush aside facts and legitimate concerns through a feeble attempt at humor laced with arrogance and pompous rhetoric. Those who voice complaints concerning Triple Crown are "doobie smoking" dreamers living in a mythical world with no legitimate grievances that he can determine. Well, Mr. Douglas, here are some facts. Four years ago, my wife and I purchased a townhome near the base of the ski mountain in what is commonly known as the Mountain Village. This was after many years of living outside the city limits. After all of those years of experiencing quiet evenings with our doors and windows open during the summer, we accepted that we would now be experiencing what we called "city noise." The reality is that there is not generally much city noise. During those years of living outside of the city limits, we never really paid much attention to Triple Crown. We just knew that there were a bunch of big SUVs with ridiculous sayings painted on the windows filling up the parking lot at the market for several weeks during the summer.
Unfortunately, since moving into town, we have had to call the Steamboat police eight times during the first two summers and six times last summer because of loud, disruptive and sometimes damaging behavior on the part of vacationers staying at either our complex or one adjacent to us. In each and every case, those renters were Triple Crown groups. Never anyone else.
So contrary to your claims that those who disdain Triple Crown have no true grievance or valid complaints, you are incorrect. An example of one of our calls to the police was a group on the deck of another townhouse unit at 11 p.m. with a boom box blasting and several people dancing on a table and yelling with a beer in each hand. Just one example of the quality of vacationer some of the Triple Crown groups bring to our town. I suppose it does demonstrate the economic benefit to one of our former city council members who just happens to own the local beer distributorship.
Along with the noise, there are costs associated with their behavior. Time spent by the Steamboat police dealing with those calls costs all of us through tax dollars. Cost of repairing damage is very relevant to us as homeowners. And, yes, we have had damage to our property. As I talk to friends and other homeowners who live in neighboring townhome and condominium complexes near the base of the mountain, I hear the same story over and over all summer long. Those costs and civic disruptions are never mentioned by the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association when glorifying the benefits of Triple Crown. This letter is not a commentary on the overall economic or social benefits of Triple Crown to our community. It is intended to demonstrate that contrary to the ill informed and self-centered opinion of Mr. Douglas, there are legitimate concerns with the arrival each summer of Triple Crown groups. So instead of lacing your attempts at being a legitimate news journalist with pompous arrogance and derogatory, hateful rhetoric toward those in the community who you might not agree with, get out and actually listen to what people have to say. You might learn that there actually is some validity to their concerns and complaints. But then again, without someone to demean and ridicule, you probably wouldn't have much to write about.