Top stories on summitdaily.com for the week of Oct. 21
The 15-foot wooden troll in Breckenridge is receiving even more media attention after residents in the area of where he sits began complaining about the amount of visitors the attraction brought to their neighborhood at the beginning of the month. Homeowners began complaining to town officials about the “literally hundreds” of people flocking to Isak Heartstone, a wooden sculpture originally installed over a summer arts festival, hoping they would remove the troll, citing concerns over heavy foot and vehicle traffic and fears for the safety of the children who play in the neighborhood’s alleyways. Breckenridge town staff, however, recommended that the troll stay, and town council then voted in favor of keeping him in place over removing him or relocating him.
Members of the Summit County community woke up shocked last weekend to find an already-contentious sheriff race had reached a low point overnight with an act of vandalism. Summit County Sheriff Jaime FitzSimons, a Democrat, is seeking re-election this November against Republican Derek Woodman. The race has been fierce and marred by rumors and misinformation flying in every direction about both candidates. On Oct. 21, FitzSimons knew of at least five campaign yard signs and one large banner vandalized sometime overnight, spray painted with swastikas and SS bolts, two unmistakable symbols of Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Germany and white supremacist groups.
Summit County’s planning department unveiled its first draft of short-term rental regulations on unincorporated county properties during the regular board of county commissioners meeting last week. The draft has been in the works for over a year, and the rules are meant to start regulating the burgeoning industry. The highlights of the proposed regulations include a permitting system with a fee of $150 per year, occupancy and parking limits, health and safety requirements, providing notice to guests about proper trash disposal and noise, requiring a self-certified “Good Neighbor” agreement to not disrupt the character of residential neighborhoods and contracting a third party compliance company called STR Helper to ensure regulations are being followed.
Olympic gold-medal winning snowboarder Red Gerard spent a day at his sister Asher’s elementary school last week to share stories and visit with her classmates. She especially wanted her big brother to come by considering he had made an appearance at another school of his back in his home state of Ohio.
“He had already been to my cousins’ schools,” Asher said, “so I was just kind of jealous. So we’ve been trying to have it happen since April. And then I knew he was coming to Denver this week, so I just asked if he could come.”
A draft of the new short-term rental ordinance was presented to Frisco Town Council during their regular meeting last week, providing residents with their first real look at the proposal. The ordinance — put together following months of research, stakeholder interviews and online surveys — is meant to address growing concerns over short-term rentals in town with regards to ensuring owner compliance, reducing negative neighborhood impacts and securing the safety of guests. The bulk of the ordinance deals with licensing and limitations of short-term rental properties in town.
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