LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Some residents of South Tahoe not very hospitable
July 23, 2010
Over the years, I have visited the South Shore a lot and patronized the local businesses. They are unique and it’s always been a great experience. I have probably spent thousands of dollars at local places like Sprouts, Kayak Tahoe, Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters, New York Pizza (now Sierra Pizza, I’ve read), Tahoe Sports Ltd, Lake Tahoe Pizza Company, and, of course, The Snow Flake Drive In, which I first wandered into the summer I moved here.
Needless to say, this town is loaded with memories for me, especially the little beach at the end of the North Upper Truckee meadow. It used to be called Ski beach. I loved it even when the cattle were still there and you had to kick away the cowpies on the beach. These days it’s become difficult to visit. I try very hard not park next to the fancy houses, even though legally I can do so. However, sometimes it’s either that or walk 10 blocks with beach gear. People will leave a note on the car, or if they are outside when I’m trying to park they let me know they don’t want me parking there. One person mentioned blind intersections. I used to have a paper route that went from Los Angeles to Lakeview. The whole neighbor is full of blind intersections that, at the age of 13, I negotiated with a bicycle full of newspapers. Truth is, they just don’t want me parking in front of their house.
What is the big deal about having a car parked in front of your house and sharing the beauty with visitors, especially ones from the local area who know and support local businesses.
I know what tourists can be like – I grew up here – but we also understood the tourists were our economic lifeblood. I’ve heard this town has been hard hit by the recession. Can it really afford to make visitors feel unwelcome, especially ones who know and patronize local businesses?