Residents of Gull Lake and the surrounding area need to be aware of yet another attempt to circumvent local planning and zoning regulations by a planned unit development.
Causeway on Gull has made application for a variance to exceed the city of Lake Shore's density requirements for a new phase of their time share development. Last August the Lake Shore Planning and Zoning Commission denied their request, finding no cause to grant a variance, other than economic gain for the developer. Now the Causeway Corporation, with the help of a Twin City law firm is back with virtually the same plan. Only this time, their attorneys are claiming that a variance is not needed and that the City Council has the authority to give them what they want despite clear and convincing evidence to the contrary.
Please attend the March 13 Planning and Zoning meeting at Lake Shore City Hall to learn more and to voice your opinion. Contact city hall at 963-2148 for the telephone numbers of the P&Z commission and the City Council. It's time once again to remind our elected and appointed officials that we are very concerned about excessive development around our lakes and that our local regulations are there for the protection of our lakes and neighborhoods.
Proper planning with vision is necessary to maintain the integrity of the area to the benefit of residents, businesses and visitors alike.
Those who can't, criticize
Along with 398 other people and one critic, I attended the Lakes Area Concert Association's program last week. Thank goodness for the giant intellect and amazing intuitiveness of the person who wrote the review of the performance by vocal group Vox P which was published in The Dispatch Tempo section on Thursday. I actually thought that I had enjoyed the evening's entertainment as, I'm sure, did the rest of the audience. Imagine my surprise when I found out that the only reason we applauded and gave them a standing ovation was politeness. I don't know about you, but after driving on Minnesota highways, I don't think there's that much politeness in the whole state.
Vox P is a fine vocal group. Their sound is smooth, and they swing when it's called for. I can forgive a little weakness in the soprano's upper register given that their voices blended perfectly and they were exactly on pitch even when singing close harmony jazz, which is extremely difficult. Perhaps the reviewer has done too many favorable reviews recently and needed to balance with a bad one. On the other hand, maybe it's just a case of, "Those who can, do. Those who can't, criticize."
Speaker commends Howes
State Rep. Larry Howes is working to help many small resorts in northern Minnesota. He has sponsored legislation that will provide loan money for small resorts across the state and directly benefit the economy of northern Minnesota.
Howes' bill will put more funds into the tourism loan account so that resort owners can keep up on maintenance and needed improvements. The account is currently depleted.
The legislation calls for an additional $500,000 to be made available in the fund. The best part of the program is that it's all money that will be eventually repaid to the state, but is made available to small businesses when they are struggling and need help. We all know that right now economic times are had in resort communities.
Rep. Howes also helped pass legislation that extended the ice fishing season by nine days. The lack of snow and normal winter weather has been a detriment to the northern Minnesota economy. While the extension of the ice fishing season is not a cure to economic problems, it does provide some needed assistance that will allow resort owners and main street businesses a chance to recoup some of their losses.
Rep. Howes is also to be commended for the work he did last session to increase the tourism budget for Minnesota. He was the chief author of the tourism bill in the House, which included twice as much money for marketing and advertising.
When it comes to fighting for northern Minnesota, Rep. Howes is a champion. I look forward to serving with him for years to come.
Speaker of the House
Figure skaters mark 25 years
Vacationland Figure Skating Club will be presenting their annual ice show this Saturday and Sunday, March 11 and 12 -- "25 Years of Show Making." That's right. Vacationland Figure Skating Club has been introducing children (and some adults) to the sport of figure skating for 25 years! Not only do our skaters acquire skill and self-confidence, but a growing sense of self-esteem, an understanding of discipline, and a determination and dedication to their sport. These skaters gain the benefits of competing and meeting competitive challenges, form lifelong friendships and develop a real sense of fair play, ethical behavior and an understanding of what true sportsmanship is all about.
We are pleased to present all our skaters and their sport to the Brainerd lakes area. This is the only chance these skaters get to "show off" their sport in Brainerd. We are very proud of each and every one of them! We also are very pleased to have so many parents who volunteer countless hours to make this show happen. Without them, "25 Years of Show Making" couldn't happen.
A special guest speaker, Josef Sabovcik, will also appear in the show. Josef, who is known as "Jumpin Joe," is an Olympic Bronze medalist, two time European Champion and six time National Champion of Czechoslovakia. We thank Brainerd Medical Center and Grand Casino Mille Lacs for helping sponsor Josef.
This will be a great show! If you have two hours, don't miss it.
Judy Shatka, president
Vacationland Figure Skating Club
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