Vail too bright, some complain |

Vail too bright, some complain

Melanie Wong
Vail, CO Colorado

Who they talked to: Town of Vail staff

What happened: Lights left on all night at some Vail construction sites have some nearby residents complaining that the lights are an obnoxious eyesore.

Neighbors of the Four Seasons site at Vail Village and the Ritz Carlton complained to the town, as well as other residents who said they could see construction lights from across Interstate 70.

Town council decided the lighting problems fell under the Vail’s “nuisance” regulations, and that efforts should be made to keep the lights from affecting the neighbors.

The council asked town staff to come up with new rules to solve the problem that would be enforced by Vail Community Development Department and the Vail Police.

Who they talked to: Vail Recreation District representatives

How they voted: All in favor

What they spent: Total estimated cost of the project is $3.2 million. The town agreed to pay for half the project, or up to $1.6 million.

What it means: The golf course’s 40-year-old irrigation system needs to be replaced this summer, and the town and the rec district have agreed to share the cost. The project will start in May of this year and expected to be completed by August.

During the work, at least 17 holes will be kept open.

The new system will is expected to use 10 percent less water ” quite a bit considering the golf course uses about 400 million gallons of water per year, Ortiz said.

Staff Writer Melanie Wong can be reached at 970-748-2928 or

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