Saturday July 23, 2016
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All of the options are good, however, unless we can have steady year-round tourism here, businesses won't have a reason to come here. It's a sad fact that the Town or the Chamber does NOTHING to promote year-round tourism.
Thank you, Payson Roundup for continuing to bring awareness to this on-going threat. And shame on our elected officials who refuse to enact a WUI Code.
"The event provides a boost to the local economy, filling hotel rooms and restaurants". Sales tax revenues and bed tax revenues are the only way to verify the true success of the event, and not what someone "thinks" happens. Has this been done? Will it be done this year?
"As a result, in two years the town will have a conference center and hotel with smaller casita style spaces for businesses to rent out for conferences, said Evans. The site will probably include a winery and an imagination center." WHOA there! Exactly where is this conference going to be located? Perhaps on the so-called "university campus" for which we have no partner, and on property that is designated for educational purposes? Will the "imagination center" be excuse for the "educational purpose"?
With over 600 hotel/motel/B&B units in Rim Country right now that can't keep a healthy occupancy rate, this new hotel/conference center is bound to harm some of them. Also, will the hotel be subject to the bed tax, so that they can contribute to the original intent of the tax: to promote tourism year-round in Payson? November can't get here soon enough.
You do realize, don't you, that the Payson Town Council has NOTHING to do with the University? That is the job of the SLE.
Thank you, Don. I was just getting ready to say the same thing. For those who haven't seen the KRIM web cam, it's located in our studio at 1104 South Beeline Highway (Highway 87) and it faces the highway. We also video stream Payson Longhorn football games and plan to stream softball games this spring.
Thank you for such an important editorial message. The reluctance of our elected officials to enact such a code should be remembered in the upcoming election.
How do you propose putting a "town park" on property that is not owned by the Town of Payson? That's like putting in a "town park" on the Tonto Apache Reservation.
Two things I can't understand:
1) Why in the world would anyone buy a home in a forested community, put in acres of beautiful yummy grass and perpetual sources of water and NOT expect wildlife? More money than brains, I suppose.
2) Was this project put out to bid to local fence contractors? "Carol Mineart, board member, said the HOA has a good bid from a Valley fence company to put in an additional 2,200 lineal feet of fencing along the west side, north of the fence already installed off Tyler Parkway." I guess that whole "Be Loyal, Buy Local" thing is for the rest of us.
Well, you can say one thing about the RCEA. They have transparency. We can see right through them.
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