Letter: Dismayed about the Dells
After visiting the Dells last Saturday and seeing, first hand, the impact that the AED proposed development will have on the Peavine and Iron King trails and the surrounding landscape, I feel utterly dismayed and concerned. I recognize, more clearly than ever, that 500 acres of contiguous open space, in the heart of Granite Dells, should be preserved and protected from development.
Moreover, the economic benefit of a handful of individuals should not be favored over the good of the entire local community, as well as the thousands of visitors that come to Prescott each year to enjoy the beauty of our town and its natural environment.
Our tax dollars, and more importantly, our history, and our hearts, are invested in this place, and this should be acknowledged, evaluated, and respected by our city decision makers.
Our City Council should not, for a moment, neglect the weight and magnitude of the decision set before them. They have the unique opportunity to become long remembered heroes of our town, or to carry the burden of a ladened conscience, knowing they allowed one of our community’s most admired and valued treasures to be destroyed, when they had the once-in-forever power to protect it.
I know that I am not alone in my love of the Dells and my sincere hopes to see this area protected. The citizens of Prescott will be closely watching this decision making process and hoping our mayor and city council will have the good judgement and wisdom to prioritize what is right for this community, now and into the future.