To: VVHA - Jim Lamont
From: Anonymous Commentator
Date: May 9, 2007
RE: Commentary - Proposed Amendment - Outdoor Amplified Sound
The disconnect between the Vail Village business interests and the ever
appreciating residential real estate seems to be growing. Property values
in the village cores are reaching new stratospheric, levels while noise
ordinances controls are being reduced. I find it hard to believe that those
individuals buying all this very expensive real estate really want to hear
more music until 11:00 PM.
It has been my experience that the noise levels in the village are now at
such levels as to make a real joke out of the outdoor amplified sound
"music" ordinance. However, unless someone actually calls in a complaint to
the police department the loud merry making continues.
I have always thought that music was for entertainment. Stupid me. My
experience in Vail is that businesses want to blare their music into the
streets to use as a come on to lure people into their bar or shop. A
specialty shop near the Covered Bridge on Bridge Street is a prime example.
If you walk down main street today during the evening, you hear a hodgepodge
of music being beamed to the street from almost every establishment -
restaurants as well as shops. Hardly a nice quality experience and much more
like a venture into a "red light district" from a European city.
If Sheika Grammshammer wants to use her deck as a party platform into the
night, fine she should be allowed to do that. She could just as easily
install sliding glass doors around the restaurant and entertainment section
and close them off at 10:00 PM for all in the establishment to enjoy. By
10:00 PM itís cold outside in Vail. She pretty much encloses a major
portion of her deck in the winter anyway. Why not use that area for late
So the experience continues to cheapen, while the clientele continues to go
the other way.
JFLamont Note: The above
is published, as an anonymous attribution. Irrespective of the authorís
credentials, the commentatorís perspective is insightful, constructive and
See Association Update Report (5/8/07) on this issue.
Please forward as appropriate.