Letter: Stop the light pollution on Iron Mountain
Where is everyone when the health and beauty of Glenwood Springs are at stake? The International Dark Sky Association says: “Human-produced light pollution not only mars our view of the stars; poor lighting threatens astronomy, disrupts ecosystems, affects human circadian rhythms, and wastes energy to the tune of $2.2 billion per year in the U.S. alone.”
Randy Essex is wrong when he comments on the radio that Glenwood citizens “seem comfortable” with the Glenwood Caverns’ plan to so excessively light up Iron Mountain and their outrageous suggestion that the Glenwood business community follow suit. I have spoken with many residents about this issue. When I mention it, no one I talked to felt good about it. Many just shook their heads in frustration and disbelief, seemingly not knowing what to do to stop this invasion.
Please write an e-mail to the City Council, the DBA, chamber and, of course, Steve Beckley, expressing your thoughts about this matter. We’re busy people, but just a short e-mail, or telephone call to him might put an end to this awful idea.
I remember his original promise at a 2002 council meeting that “only a tramway, a retail hotel and a restaurant,” where very little of these structures would be seen from Glenwood, was the plan. What we now have is a carnival/amusement park which has spread out all over the top and sides of Iron Mountain.
Now we must deal with these lights. It makes me wonder if there is any oversight over what can and cannot happen on Iron Mountain, and who is in charge of making those decisions. While I know Mr. Beckley is interested in his bottom line, I believe the interests of the residents of the community and their quality of life must be taken into consideration. Downtown Glenwood is not only a place for businesses, but is also a wonderful residential neighborhood. Tourists I’ve talked to said they travel here to enjoy the scenery and starry nights and will return for those reasons. Not one said they come to see bright lights glaring all over town.
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