Posted on August 26, 2015 by Bob Berwyn
Morning alpenglow paints the summit of Breckenridge Ski Area.
New ballot measure will exclude season passes
FRISCO — The ski town showdown over a proposed lift-ticket tax in Breckenridge ended with a whimper rather than a bang, as the town and Vail Resorts reached a compromise on the issue.
According to a press release from the town, the language of the ballot measure seeking voter approval of the new tax will be tweaked to exclude season passes and summer lift tickets from what town officials have called an admissions tax. Continue reading
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Posted on July 28, 2015 by Bob Berwyn
Breckenridge Ski Area. PHOTO COURTESY VAIL RESORTS/JACK AFFLECK.
Lift-ticket tax proposal stirs up bad blood
FRISCO — The long-running love-hate soap opera between Breckenridge and Vail Resorts took a nasty turn this week, as town officials vowed to forge ahead with putting an admissions (lift-ticket) tax on the November ballot, while the resort company questioned the town’s legal authority to do so.
At issue, according to Breckenridge, is an urgent need to address parking and transit issues — something the town should have started addressing 15 years ago. Based on community input, town officials say, the best path forward is to build a parking structure on F-Lot and to boost transit options.
To do that, the town wants to establish a new revenue stream by taxing lift tickets and other for-profit attractions. But Breckenridge and Vail Resorts have apparently failed to find common ground. In a press release, Mayor John Warner said ongoing negotiations have failed, leaving the town no option but to pursue voter approval for a new tax in the fall. Continue reading
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Posted on July 21, 2015 by Bob Berwyn
A crowd of tourists watches a BMX bike demo in Breckenridge. Colorado.
Voters support new tax to address parking and congestion
FRISCO — Polling early this summer in Breckenridge appears to confirm what many residents and visitors already know — parking and congestion are serious issues for the Colorado resort town, which in some ways is choking on its own success.
According to the survey, voters want their town leaders to make parking and congestion a top priority, and they think a tax on lift tickets and special events is the way to pay for it. Continue reading
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Posted on December 9, 2014 by Bob Berwyn
No buds on Main Street, Breckenridge.
Status quo in Colorado resort town, as voters say no to Main Street pot sales by 2-1 margin
FRISCO — Breckenridge locals and tourists won’t be able to refresh their stash of legal weed on Main Street. Town voters decided in a special mail-in ballot election this week that they’d rather see retail marijuana sales limited to outskirts of town.
The non-binding vote will guide the town council in developing any new retail marijuana ordinances. And even though it was only an advisory vote, turnout was big. More than 1,300 voters (44 percent) cast ballots, more than in the last town council election. In a release, the town said 925 people voted against allowing retail pot sales on Main Street, with 400 people voting yes. Continue reading
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Posted on October 21, 2012 by Bob Berwyn
Town sets up new online engagement forum
Breckenridge, Colorado. Bob Berwyn photo.
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Along with offering opportunities for input during formal settings like town council meetings and hearings, Breckenridge is reaching out to residents with a new forum designed to let people brainstorm in a casual online setting.
The new website, EngageBreckenridge.com, lets residents and visitors chime in on topics currently being discussed by the town council, like a potential ban on single-use plastic bags, and also lets people throw out new ideas. For example, one recent discussion thread centers on the idea of an indoor playground. Continue reading
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Posted on July 21, 2012 by Bob Berwyn
Runoff from resort compromises upper reaches of Cucumber Gulch
Breckenridge planner Mark Truckey and former open space program director Heide Andersen inspect the problem area in April, 2010.
By Bob Berwyn
SUMMIT COUNTY — Along with a reclamation project gone awry at Shock Hill, Breckenridge’s prized Cucumber Gulch wetlands are also facing a threat from runoff directly below the ski area’s Peak 8 base.
Visiting the area earlier this week, members of the town’s open space advisory group saw that runoff — inadequately managed by the ski area and town — have cut a trench through the marsh grasses, washing tons of sand into a beaver pond at the upper end of the Cucumber Gulch system, just below County Road 3.
“Water was running off of there like a freight train,” said former town council member Jeffrey Bergeron, who still serves on the open space group. “This is so sensitive … the town needs to just do this, damn the cost, then try to figure out how to make it work financially,” he said, adding that beavers apparently have already vacated some of the ponds. Continue reading
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