With the recent vote by Lake City’s citizens to allow OHVs to travel on our city streets a new chapter has been opened in our business districts economic recovery. With the cooperation of our Sheriff’s Department OHV riders will be able to travel the short distance down Highway 149 to complete the Alpine Loop. With Silverton allowing OHV access to its business district it opens a new opportunity for both communities. Now riders can travel the loop, shop in the stores, eat in the restaurants, fill up with fuel and feel welcome to find accommodations in local motels.
For the past two years Lake City has allowed OHV access to our business district on Labor Day Weekend only. With this access on Labor Day Weekend many business owners have reported sales to nearly equal July the fourth, in the past July the fourth has been the shining star in our economy.
The new OHV owner is overwhelmingly a Razor rider. The Razor is a two to four seat vehicle capable of handling these rough mountain roads with more comfort than even the newest Jeep. The four wheel drive Jeep is the vehicle that opened this country to tourism in the 1950’s and has been the preferred method of transportation all these many years. The Jeep is still a very popular and fun vehicle but the new Razor is gaining in popularity every season. Governor Hickenlooper has recognized the impact the new Razor can have on Colorado’s economy and is looking at the feasibility of opening sixteen state highways for use by the Razor.
The exciting thing about Lake City allowing OHV travel on our streets is that EIGHT businesses have been sold or pending since the vote and we receive calls almost daily from people seeking information about the new opportunities Lake City has to offer. It is so refreshing for someone like myself, who has been here forty years, to see excitement once again in the business community.
Hopefully Lake City will regain the excitement and vitality that comes with a business community thriving and coming up with new products and ideas to offer our guest. We will create sales tax revenues that will allow us to improve our community and make it even more inviting to full time residents, part time residents and summer guest as well.