Woodstock in my backyard
On Aug. 11, the Twin Falls County Planning and Zoning tabled a decision until Oct. 11 regarding a zoning change on the McClure Farm (335 acres) to a recreational overlay so they can have concerts. For those of you who missed it, in early August, they had a heavy metal rock concert with 90 bands playing non-stop for four days. My neighbors and I live below this property and not only could we not sleep, the Ospreys left their babies in their nests, my cat is gone, and fire is a fear we live with daily and increased with the hundreds of people camping out and smoking pot just above our properties. It was a mini Woodstock!
At this hearing, the people in favor of this zoning change were from Jerome and Twin Falls, including Twin Falls Mayor Shawn Barigar speaking about the influx of $3 million into Twin Falls. I am not sure where he got this figure because the concert promoter is from Boise, the money goes to bands outside the area, people didn’t go to hotels, and the food vendor sold nothing because they brought their own food.
I found Mr. Barigar’s plea interesting when a couple of years ago, the Twin Falls City Council vehemently opposed a four-day Evel Knievel festival due to public safety and the unsavory element it would bring to Twin Falls. Well, we could have a Woodstock every weekend. Our quality of life and property values would be horribly compromised not to mention how it will ruin this pristine area. I am disappointed P&Z tabled its decision. They said their vote would not be public, thus circumventing the Open Meeting laws. I wonder if Mr. Barigar or any of these people would favor this if it was in their backyard!
Dr. David L. Croasdaile