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No. 8. They couldnt decide which side of the street should have nightly rentals.
No. 7. Municipal staff forgot to phone Vail and Aspen to find out how they operate.
No. 6. Former Whistler journalist Paul Burrows wasnt around to tell everyone how to operate such rentals.
No. 5. People who bought nightly rental property didnt realize they would have to pay higher taxes for such a privilege.
No. 4. Pemberton was found to be unpopular for nightly rentals.
No. 3. Most people who support nightly rentals couldnt care less about their children having new neighbours every night.
No. 2. People who staunchly support nightly rentals live mainly in Vancouver and Seattle.
And the number one reason: "We not only love money, were greedy."
This letter was addressed to municipal council.
"The municipality is committed to involving the community in the Whistler. Its Our Future planning process." Thats the first line after "How to get involved" found on the last page of the workshop papers published in Pique NewsMagazine. OK, I applaud that noble gesture, but unfortunately saying something and doing something must work together, and like too many gestures recently, the municipality is once again demonstrating how out of touch they are with our community.
In the Pique NewsMagazines "Best of Whistler" feature, let me quote the following:
Best Outdoor Sport (other than skiing or snowboarding)
Mountain biking is nearest and dearest in our hearts, both in the spiritual and financial sense and we do mean dearest.
More voters picked mountain biking than any three other sports combined.
For the past 10 years Thursday night has been Loonie night. Approximately 200 locals show up every Thursday from the first Thursday in May to the second Thursday in September. This is not rocket science, and you dont need some high-priced consultant from Denver to tell you that Thursday night is probably not a good night to hold workshops on Success/Sustainability as a resort community if you truly are "committed to involving the community." By the way, the Loonie event this Thursday (July 25) is actually sponsored by the RMOW go figure.
Not only do I think that Thursday night excludes an important segment of our community, most of us who live here are involved in numerous activities thats why we live here, so choosing two Thursdays in a row makes even less sense. In my opinion, good planning in this town would suggest that two different nights of the week would bring out a greater cross section of our community, and it wouldnt exclusively alienate one sector, in this case mountain bikers.