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A voting contradiction

Dear Editor:”I think for the most part we all benefit from development” – a quote from Steve Skadron in the Aspen Times Weekly on April 21. And Steve’s votes cast as a member of the Planning and Zoning commission certainly indicate that Steve is a fan of big developments in Aspen.On time shares, Steve voted to convert the Little Red Ski Haus into time shares (Nov. 2003). Steve voted for the Residences at Little Nell Final PUD (August 2004). Steve voted for the Chart House final PUD (June 2005). Steve voted for the Limelight final PUD (December 2005). Steve voted for an extra floor on the Jerome Hotel (October 2006). Steve voted for the Lodge at Aspen Mountain (February 2007).On monster homes, Steve voted for what might be the largest Aspen subdivision this century – Fox Crossing (December 2004). Steve voted to sever TDRs from the Historical Society property creating density that the Historic Society never had the rights to sell in the first place (August 2005). Steve voted for what The Aspen Times called “a well-connected rich man’s swimming pool” overlooking ACES (April 2006). The Times editorial summed this project up with the following: “Frankly, this pool and all its amenities feel frivolous, a tacky show of wealth that belongs in West Palm Beach or the Hamptons, not on the bluff overlooking an Aspen treasure.”The nearly obscene amounts of money rolling these days is displacing longtime eateries, watering holes, businesses and residents. Construction traffic, noise and dust chokes our air. The “messy vitality” that made Aspen unique and special is being torn down and replaced with a homogenized sameness of empty second (or third or forth or fifth) homes, time shares and the requisite sales offices to flip the above. Contrary to what Steve might say in the “heat of the campaign,” his P&Z votes have been directly in support of more development for Aspen. In the upcoming election, vote for representatives that will be able to resist the siren song of the short term development money knocking at our door and instead say “Enough!” so there will be something left for us to enjoy in the future.Bert MyrinAspen


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