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Vilas doesn’t need ATVs to help tourism PDF Print E-mail

Letter to the Editor:

A couple of weeks ago, I saw Conrad Heeg, executive director of the Eagle River Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center, on the local news. He pointed out that the number of tourists who visited Vilas County last year was the largest in the history of the county.  This was no doubt due in part to his leadership and the large number of volunteers who he mentioned.

The headline of the May 8 paper read “Vilas, Oneida see increase in tourism spending in 2012.”  It seems that tourism is alive and well in our county.

On the same front page is an article explaining why the town of Washington rejected a request from the Nicolet ATV Club of Three Lakes to use four roads to connect with routes in Forest County. Three Lakes is in another county!  This is like me driving through your yard to get to someone else’s.

Why the Nicolet ATV Club thought they would ever get the taxpayers of a different town and county to pick up the tab for extra road maintenance, liability insurance premiums and enforcement is beyond me.  This is exactly the teenage, trespassing, don’t bother me arrogance that the town rebuffed!

Perhaps we should concentrate on things that have always worked in the past: tourism — not necessarily non-motorized tourism —  but tourism that works and doesn’t alienate others.  At this writing, I’m told that 1,000 people turned out for the Journeys Marathon.  If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it . . . to coin a phrase.

Bill Boscamp

Land O’ Lakes

Tuesday, May 14, 2013 2:07 PM

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