Summit Daily letters: Council on course to restore Dillon to its glory days
August 23, 2017
Thoughts on Dillon's approval of a controversial condo project
Some homeowners complained that the development would "wreck the small town feel" and "decrease their property values." In my opinion, Dillon has lost its small town feel and has declined over the years into an isolated condo and residential setting. When we moved to the county as full-time residents 37 years ago, Dillon was a nationally known destination and had many shops, restaurants and businesses that made it a vibrant community. It even boasted a small grocery store in the mid '70s when we regularly visited the area.
That lively atmosphere has gradually eroded over the years in part due to efforts by a relatively small resident base who seemed to prefer a quiet, more restrictive atmosphere to the point of even closing off one of the main access roads (from the Dillon Dam Road) to the town for a number of years.
Dillon lies in an unparalleled setting in the midst of a magnificent lake, two major mountain ranges, easy highway access, ample expandable space and nearby larger-scale amenities. It seems to me that the current expansion and improvement of the Dillon amphitheater along with the town council's pro-active development stance will not only enhance all resident property values, but help return Dillon to a genuinely vibrant small mountain resort town.
Mary Beth Gilligan
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