Our View: Peddling petals

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Editorial Board, Sept. 25, 2011, to January 2012

  • Scott Stanford, general manager
  • Brent Boyer, editor
  • Tom Ross, reporter

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— During a week when white once again has become Steamboat’s favorite color, the community is fortunate there were a few among us who had their minds on the reds, pinks, greens and yellows of summer.

Spurred by a generous offer from a prospective part-time resident, a handful of residents and business owners raised more than $9,000 in about 24 hours late last week. When combined with the challenge grant of $3,333 from Richard Thompson, of New York, there’s now enough money to restore the downtown flower baskets that were cut from the city’s budget last fall.

The downtown presence of hanging flower baskets and Rotary Club of Steamboat Springs flower barrels might seem trivial to some, but it’s not. The color and warmth that the baskets and barrels bring to the downtown business district are important and add to the summertime allure of our resort community.

And while we’re thrilled that the money raised last week will allow both programs to continue this summer, their long-term futures still are in question. Appropriately, Mainstreet Steamboat Springs, the Rotary Club of Steamboat Springs and the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association will meet soon to discuss possible permanent funding sources. Relying on community members to come up with $10,000 each winter doesn’t make for a sustainable program.

Because the flowers most benefit the downtown business community, we feel its members ought to play a key role in future funding. And perhaps a successful Business Improvement District tax initiative this year could dedicate a dollar amount each year to the purchase of the flowers and their daily watering.

It will be easier to support the city’s decision to cut its funding of the flower program if and when a long-term solution is found. We’re certainly sympathetic to the fine line City Council must walk between cutting non-essential services during difficult economic times and recognizing the unique nature of a resort community and city government’s complex role within it.

So while we applaud the recent efforts of a small group of citizens that stepped up to fund an important summer program, more must be done in the coming months to make sure an important summertime beautification project doesn’t disappear in future years.

Comments

kathy foos 2 years, 10 months ago

How about another sales tax for people that shop in Steamboat?Since the unnamed posters got kicked ,how about putting some name's on this post?Whats good for the goose,is it good for the gander (yourselves).Oh, Our view that's right,we can't know who you all are.You retain your freedom of speech without reproach, the rest of the county can just shut up.It won't effect your job,but it would effect those that you just made shut up to put the names to their work.So you have repressed free speech for them and continue for yourselves?Tacky.

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jerry carlton 2 years, 10 months ago

No taxes for flowers. The flowers are great and beautiful but it is wrong to make people pay taxes for them.

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Robin Craigen 2 years, 10 months ago

It's good to see that motivated individuals will act for the greater good and buy time for a permanent solution to what I seems like a need much more than a want. Thanks to those that stepped up.

I think the "Our View Team" is named at the top of the article - the Editorial Board.

You have no right to free speech on a commercially owned forum (like this). If you want free speech start a blog. If it is interesting you will have a big fan club. Maybe bigger than the readership of the Pilot....or not.

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