My Turn: Finding the true feelings of Kings Beach
Recently there have been some questions flying around in Kings Beach regarding a group of people who appear to be less than pleased with the North Tahoe Business Association and Sierra Business Council’s announcement that the “Kings Beach business community is in favor of alternative 4” on the draft environmental impact report/draft environmental impact statement regarding the core improvement project.
In response to these questions I wish to make this statement. The name of the group is the Kings Beach Business and Citizens Alliance and we recently formed in order to make certain that the true feelings of the Kings Beach business community be heard. The members of this group believe that the North Lake Tahoe area is the most beautiful place on earth and Lake Tahoe is a national treasure, which we must work together to preserve so that it may be appreciated by future generations.
We agree that Kings Beach commercial core needs updating and improving so that we can attract quality businesses to the area and continue to grow and develop.
We understand that we have a highway running directly through the middle of town and that this highway carries a huge number of vehicular traffic, especially during the summer season and the Christmas holidays.
We understand that we need improved traffic control enforcement for speeding vehicles. We also want safer conditions for pedestrians and bicycles on both the highway and on the neighborhood streets. We want traffic to move freely avoiding overlong lines and waits as much as possible because idling cars cause air pollution and water pollution.
We want parking availability along the highway for reasons of convenience and necessity. We believe that all members of the community should have the ability to be part of the process of determining what will work best for our community. This includes part-time residents and second-home owners. We believe that the business owners along the highway should not have to pay the major portion of assessments for improvements, upkeep and liability, but that these fees should be shared equally among the community.
Our desire is to obtain clear, concise, verifiable data regarding traffic flow patterns and slow downs, pedestrian needs on the highway and back streets, and to be able to pass this information along to the public so that they can make intelligent and informed decisions that enhance our business area not harm it. We hope to be able to address all these needs and bring about a true community consensus in order to move forward with this very important project.
Meera Beser is a member of the Kings Beach Business and Citizens Alliance.
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