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Smoking ban compromise supportedto help save struggling businesses

Tom "Coach" KusleikaCopper Mountain

This letter is in response to and support of the suggested compromise to the smoking ban presented in the July 21 letter by Jim Shields.I have known Jim since 1980. I consider him to be a valuable member of the Summit County business community. His words on this controversial issue are well thought out and sensible.I am a nonsmoker, and like most of us, consider the habit dirty and disgusting. I also voted against the smoking ban this past November.As Jim stated so well, this issue is about choices – private businesses making a choice regarding their clientele, just as their clientele and employees make their own choices.I, too, have seen the first-hand negative effect on business from the smoking ban. I am the manager of Hit This batting cages (which are nonsmoking) located in the Dillon Mall on Main Street.This building is also the location for Lakeside Bowl and High Mountain Billiards – a location that has already seen a decrease in traffic flow in recent years. The smoking ban has added further to this dilemma.The batting cages (which only opened last December) experienced a positive residual business from both the bowling lanes and billiards hall when these establishments were busy. Since the inception of the smoking ban, a busy day at any of our establishments is a rare occurrence. The clientele has made its choice. It is a financially painful choice for these businesses.The heart of downtown Dillon, like the nightclubs mentioned by Jim, is also struggling in these tougher economic times with empty retail and restaurant spaces and tough landlords.Now the Summit Prevention Alliance, despite its good intentions, is a big part of preventing the businesses in the Dillon Center from doing business.Jim is correct, some type of compromise must be attained before the winter season to come. Otherwise, Summit County will pay dearly for its well-intentioned but unwise choice.


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