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Out on a short, stout limb

Kaye Ferry

It’s Monday, so I don’t really know the results of the election – although I really do know.No, you’re not confused. It actually is Wednesday as you read this, but due to my deadline, I’m writing this column on Monday. So the reality is I don’t know the election results, even though I do. And I’m sure we all celebrated last night. But I’ll wait until next week to do my Crossroads recap, when I have all of the facts and figures. In the meantime, on this Monday, I’m sure I’m safe in saying, “Congratulations, Peter.” So this week, I’ll catch up on a few items that have been on the back burner. I’ll begin with Vail Village. If you haven’t gone in yet, please do so. It’s been a pretty painful experience up until now, but finally the results of the torture are starting to be evident, and it’s really quite amazing.Gore Creek Drive is particularly impressive. I know for many of us, it was difficult to envision exactly how the street was going to be leveled. At least it was for me. Now that it’s done, it’s hard to imagine why it wasn’t this way from the beginning. It looks terrific and gives a whole new feeling to the street and way better access to the businesses. While you’re there, stop in at Sweet Basil. The new layout is much bigger and quite sophisticated. It has a “city” feel, which I’m sure will help it maintain its historical position as a much-favored place to dine. Then get over to Meadow Drive. One Willow Bridge is putting on the final touches. They took advantage of the new code changes that apply to exterior color and I must say it looks great. There’s stone and wood and green and gold. A major improvement!What a welcome relief from beige and tan and white and beige and tan and brown and more beige …. and white. Then there’s the Sonnenalp. The final build-out of this magnificent hotel is truly great for Vail. Of course, the return of the Alpenrose. That too is a long-awaited event for a much-missed restaurant. But probably one of the biggest surprises is the Crossroads Market. What a renovation, and the sandwiches are terrific! Be sure to stop in for lunch and see the transformation.For me personally, I am also grateful for the return of the theaters. We need them until we get some new ones, and I’m excited about the new format. They’ll be showing first-run movies, but not on the first run. So if you miss a movie when it’s released, you’ll be able to catch it a month later. Additionally, they’ll be showing classics. And I’m putting my vote in for some foreign films.And finally, the Tivoli. The rooms are great, and you can’t beat the location. Meeting rooms and a variety of other amenities make it worth the wait. So there you go. The village at least is moving along. And as for Lionshead, well, there’s a long way to go. No doubt about it, it will be a show-stopper at some point, but at this stage you still have to have a good imagination. But at least they’re making progress. And for some reason, the Arrabelle doesn’t seem as big as I thought it would be.Which brings me to “LionsHead.” I surely hope that our editor has spelled it with a capitol H, as I have written it. He and I have entered into a debate as to the correct spelling of the commercial core at the west end of the village. You know, the area of town that includes such things as the gondola.Now I’m not sure when the spelling was changed from Lionshead to “LionsHead.” And furthermore, I don’t know why. I just know it has. At least by a lot of people, but not by everyone. For example, the post office still officially uses the small “h” for addresses such as Lionshead Circle. But the town, who I would think would be the final arbiters in such matters, uses “LionsHead” in all of its references to that area.This issue came up last week when I submitted a column with “LionsHead.” It appeared in the paper as “Lionshead,” so I emailed manging Editor Don Rogers to ask who changed to spelling. He did it and the explanation he gave eluded me – completely – and still does. Apparently he views it as a marketing ploy that the Daily is not interested in. I’m not sure why the newspaper gets to make the call on the spelling of a very significant piece of town real estate. Perhaps someone can explain it to me.And lastly, a couple of heads-up:On July 18 the Town Council will be starting the discussion on the fate of the Lionshead (is it spelled right?) parking structure. I have been asked to reserve judgment until I see what’s on the table. And I will. Reserve judgment on the proposals.What I don’t need any more time to consider is the process so far. It has been anything but open. So now it’s up to us to make sure that the next steps include public input – and of course we know there’ll be debate. But better that than a fast track that leaves us all without a say, which is what it’s been so far. Always makes me wonder who’s up to what and why.And then on July 24 the Planning and Environmental Commission will be making a decision on a new “hazard” regulation concerning wildfire zones. I’ll do more next week, but this could affect your property values, insurance rates and construction costs. It’s definitely worth paying attention to.Do your part: call them and write them. To contact the Town Council, call 479-1860, ext. 8, or e-mail towncouncil@vailgov.com. To contact Vail Resorts, call 476-5601 or e-mail vailinfo@vailresorts.com. For past columns, go to vaildaily.com and click on “Columnists” or search for keyword “ferry.” Kaye Ferry is a longtime observer of Vail government. She writes a weekly column for the Daily. Vail, Colorado


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