Outdoor music can play an hour later in Vail
VAIL – Visitors staying in the village want to hear the natural sounds of Vail, Paul Johnston said. And he wasn’t referring to the sounds of a venerated local bar performer like Phil Long or Rod Powell.”They hope they’ll be listening to Mill Creek or Gore Creek lulling them to sleep,” said Johnston, who runs the Christiania Hotel and rents out condos in Vail.Vail should not extend its cutoff time for outdoor “amplified noise” – such as live music at the Red Lion and Pepi’s – until 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays for Vail Village and Lionshead, Johnston said.Despite objections from Johnston and others, the Vail Town Council voted to extend the cutoff time.The change will bring liveliness to the village, said Councilman Mark Gordon.”There are times it’s a ghost town, and that’s not the message we want,” Gordon said.Councilman Farrow Hitt said the change is a compromise.”I don’t think it’s the death of Bridge Street to have Friday and Saturday night extended by one hour,” he said.Johnston said visitors who are paying from $700 to $5,000 per night to stay in Vail Village will be driven away from here because of the additional noise.Vail Village resident Connie Knight said she likes hearing Pepi’s Restaurant singer Rod Powell serenade her. But 11 o’clock is too late for the cutoff time, she said.”I think peace and quiet has a lot to be said for when you’re on vacation,” she said. “It certainly has a lot to be said for when you live down the street.”Jim Lamont, executive director of the Vail Village Homeowners Association, said the Town Council was dismissing Vail Village residents’ concerns.”I’m beginning to believe you don’t care about them,” he said.Sheika Gramshammer, owner of the Gasthof Gramshammer hotel and Pepi’s Restaurant, kicked off the discussion months ago when she complained about the law after her deck singer got a ticket for violating the law last year.Final approval of the law passed, 5-2, with Mayor Rod Slifer and Councilman Greg Moffet voting against it.Staff Writer Edward Stoner can be reached at 748-2929 or email@example.com.