Opinion

Many letters, pro and con, were written during the last months and several hearings have been held regarding this proposed hotel. I have read most of them and attended all the hearings. The traffic problems are the major concern of those who oppose the hotel, while those who favor the hotel only talk about the rooms, never mentioning the bar and meeting rooms, which will be the major generators of traffic. The bar can accommodate 100 or more people and the meeting rooms are designed for 150 people in addition. It's these public spaces that will create the traffic problems during scheduled events.

It is also true that those who speak in favor of the hotel refer to it as a "boutique" hotel. Considering the identical, very minimal-sized rooms, closets and baths, I wonder what will be boutique about them. There are none with a whirlpool or a freestanding tub, or a meaningful balcony, or other unique features. Only at the sacrifice of the number of rooms could some of these "boutique" amenities be incorporated. It should also be noted that only about half of the rooms have a water view and there is not a tree or green shrub on the entire property.

Lastly, I would like to mention that the sidewalk is only six feet wide and can neither provide for trees nor accommodate a very pleasant walkway to the shops and restaurants. I also wonder which shops will attract the visitors?

Eric J. Pick


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