Bruce Allbright: If it ain’t broke …
April 9, 2011
My wife and I decided to settle in Steamboat Springs after a few nights in the Howelsen Place penthouse overlooking Ghost Ranch Saloon. Ghost Ranch Saloon looked fun, so we walked across the street to have dinner and enjoy some music. We slept well at Howelsen Place after a nightcap on the deck listening to more "city" sounds.
We bought property in rural Routt County and settled there. Since that time, we have entertained friends and family in the lovely and lively city center of Steamboat. We go to Strings Music Festival events and dine out frequently — almost always downtown.
In Fresno, Calif., our former home, the city fathers would do anything to get a venue like Ghost Ranch to revitalize downtown. There is no shortage of available residential property in and around Steamboat. Why try to kill the city attractions we are blessed with to satisfy some prospective NIMBY urbanites? There may be a place for a noise ordinance but not containing the draconian penalties this proposal carries.
If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Back in California they tried to fix everything with a new law and that's why we relocated to Steamboat. If you let developers write every law, all you'll get is a bank-owned downtown after they decamp for greener pastures.