Letter: Councilors David and Laine need to reconsider VHR decision (opinion)
October 24, 2017
So Wendy David and Brooke Laine have decided to change their minds with the new VHR revisions regarding distance (150 feet apart) and a cap on permits. I'm wondering if they live in one of these dense residential area where 150 feet can accommodate three houses with large outdoor decks full of partiers.
If so, they might understand how long and full-time residents feel every summer when these houses fill up and any sense of peace and quiet is gone. Their decision is not putting the residents who live and work (24-hour town here) first but rather the precious tourist dollar.
What does this say about our elected officials who are supposed to be protecting our interests?
I understand this is a tourist town and yes their money helps employ many people here, but at what cost? What about the idea of business cores with tourist accommodations that employ the ideals of shop/bike/walk and stay? Are the VHRs such a large business with tourist dollars that our neighborhoods will become a Disneyesque destination with the locals living in "other" areas?
When are enough VHRs enough?
I think this direction is not in sync with the Lake Tahoe experience. Nobody wants a motel strip on their street. And what are businesses in residential areas doing to begin with?
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Please reconsider your decisions. Or come to my street and try to get a good nights sleep come summer.
South Lake Tahoe, California