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Breckenridge eyes allowing holiday lights year-round

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BRECKENRIDGE – Town council is to make its final vote after a public hearing Tuesday regarding a policy change allowing holiday lights year-round in the downtown core.

Decorative lighting – such as strung lights outlining a building – would be allowed all year at downtown commercial and residential properties. The lights would have to consist of light-emitting diodes (LED), and the properties would have two years to comply with the LED requirement.

Areas outside the downtown overlay district would continue to have seasonal restrictions.

Lasers, searchlights and unshielded fixtures or lamps would remain prohibited, according to the ordinance language in Tuesday’s Breckenridge Town Council packet.

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall, and the packet is available at

Council is also to decide Tuesday whether to throw out plans to annex the Entrada property – about 4 acres across County Road 450 from 7-Eleven – at the north end of town.

The decision has been postponed the past few meetings as town officials worked with the potential developers on a possible compromise.

Also at the meeting, the council will decide whether to approve a resolution opposing statewide ballot issues Proposition 101 and Amendments 60 and 61, which could decrease town revenue by $1.5 million in 2011.

The council work session begins at 3 p.m. and is to include updates on the ski area, public projects and more. An update on the issue of collecting taxes from “vacation rentals by owner” is to be addressed as well.

Town residents are to vote in November on an increase to the town’s accommodations tax. The council meets Tuesday at 6:15 p.m. with the Breckenridge Resort Chamber board to discuss funding targets with and without the tax increase’s approval.

Before that meeting, members of the town’s marketing committee are to be selected. The committee was recently created to advise council on how it spends its marketing finances.

SDN reporter Robert Allen can be contacted at (970) 668-4628 or

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