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Steve Bainbridge: More noise at Frisco Peninsula?

Steve Bainbridge

As a new resident of Frisco, in the Water Dance community, I join some of those questioning the idea of a new expansion of the Frisco Nordic Center, particularly if it involves more noise and auto traffic.

I recall with some pain the payments to Frisco (or other expenses on behalf of Frisco authorities) that I have had to make in the last several years in building here. If I’m not mistaken: 1 percent tax on the purchase of property, beetle-kill tree removal money, approximately $6,000 tax to Frisco employee housing, several tens of thousands of dollars on various home building fees, and some portion of the sales tax as well property taxes …

So I guess I have some “standing.”

First the idea of having music blaring daily from loud speakers near my property is really abhorrent – seems very “honky-tonky” for what I thought was a classy town.

Next, from a business point of view, have we done a market study to determine the financial opportunity available in this venture?

As I look across to the Nordic Center’s current activities, even on a good weekend, do we have even 12 cross-country skiers using the facilities daily? Are there “free” alternative facilities elsewhere? I know so.

After a lifetime of assuming, “If we build it they will come” and finding this not to be true, I question that we need this at all with more taxpayer overhead and staff to manage this?

I would rather see Frisco spend on:

1. Controlling, even reducing speeders and speeds on the road to Breckenridge. This road in front of Water Dance and our splendid public facilities, (County Commons, etc.) is probably three times noisier than when we purchased our property seven years ago – certainly more dangerous.

2. As well, it appears that enforcement of the beetle kill around Frisco is unevenly applied – here is another area I’d rather see our focus in continuing to remove, beautify, replant etc. the Frisco area.

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