I just fired off an e-mail to all involved. I am enclosing a copy. Good
Luck Dave. Stop that ridiculous ban.
I understand that on Monday, December 7th the City of Duluth will be
considering a ban on snowmobiles within the city. Although I am not a
resident of Duluth, please listen to what I have to say.
I, as you may have guessed, am a snowmobiler. I love the sport. I love
getting outdoors with my friends and enjoying Minnesota. Although I am from
the Twin Cities area, I love traveling "Up North" to your area and even
further. And I will promise you this, I am not a reckless, irresponsible
snowmobiler. I do care about others and private property. I do consider
others when I ride. And I am not out of the ordinary. I am like 95% of
snowmobilers out there.
The vast majority of snowmobilers are concerned with the way they are
perceived. The vast majority do not "race" through city streets. They do
not tear up other's property. they do abide by the rules and laws. When
you consider this snowmobile ban, you must also think about those people.
And they are people that you may know. They are your neighbor, your son,
your niece, your father. They are good people. That is why it is
imperative that you do not punish those people.
A snowmobile ban in Duluth will hurt those people, the responsible
people. The "scofflaws" will still break the laws, like they are doing now.
A new law is not the answer. Enforcing the laws in place is. And I
understand that at times that is difficult. But remember, a person is
innocent until proven guilty in this country.
Another thing to consider is the huge amounts of revenue your city takes
in each year because of snowmobiling. As an example, how much did the city
gain by having the WSA SnowCross race a few weekends ago? Think of the
local snowmobile dealers and accessory retailers. Or how about the money
all the riders give to your city whether they are staying in Duluth or even
just traveling through. I do know that a group of friends and myself were
planning a trip to the Duluth area this winter to stay at the Eagle's Nest
Resort. If we were to find out that Duluth is not a snowmobile friendly
town, why would we want to give you our money? And just for our group, that
comes out to about $100 - $125 per day per person. I'm sure that equals a
large amount of money for the Duluth area. And now times that by the number
of snowmobilers that visit your city. It must be uncomprehendible.
All I am asking is for you to do what is fair, what is right. Don't
punish responsible people. And don't make me "take my business elsewhere".
I do enjoy your city, at all times of the year. If possible, please respond
back to me at my e-mail address.
On Monday, the 7th, the Duluth Minnesota City Counselors will vote on a
ban to prohibit snowmobiles from traveling on a future cross-town trail.
This ban is being headed by a group called Minnesotans for Responsible
Recreation, which is basically an anti motorized extremist group. If this
ban were to pass, which it now appears will, will prevent the future
construction of a trail which would allow travel into the City, utilizing
amenities such as gas, food, lodging, as well as being a centralized hub for
travel to the North Shore, East to Wisconsin, West to the Iron Range, or
South to MPLS. This ban cannot pass!!! I am asking for anyone with a free
minute to email a short, professional, and courteous note to these city
officials, with your views on this situation. Remember, if it can happen
here, your town could be next. Thanks.
City Council Addresses & E-mail
Ken Hogg -- Council President
(218) 727-4312 or (218) 727-1499
FAX: (218) 727-4312
Finance Committee Chairperson
Yvonne Prettner Solon -- Council Vice President
Planning Committee Chairperson
Purchasing & Administration Committee Chairperson
Greg Gilbert - PROPOSED BAN - AUTHOR
(218) 722-6331 or (218) 724-9129
Public Utilities Committee Chairperson
Public Safety Committee Chairperson
Lynn Fena Hardesty
Intergovernmental Relations Committee Chairperson
Recreation, Libraries & Authorities Committee
Personnel Committee Chairperson
Public Works Committee Chairperson
Mayor: Gary L. Doty