Opinions & Letters

Don’t alienate homeowners

 | March 26, 2010

I just read an article printed in the Kamloops Daily News entitled “Conflicts loom at Sun Peaks”, and can only wonder at the future of Sun Peaks if the new council is going to be faced with such divisive issues as nightly rentals.

The selfish and short-sighted attitude of the hotels and possibly some Sunburst residents is appalling.
Most people who’ve invested in Sun Peaks could only do so by renting their property some of the time to skiers or maybe golfers, just as Nancy Greene’s Cahilty Lodge and other so-called hotels do.

Many of the so-called hotels don’t rent rooms in the traditional sense, but sell those rooms to individual investors who then virtually lease them back to the property managers for them to rent out, and can only use the accommodation personally when not rented out.

Pray then, tell me the difference between a homeowner, a hotel room owner or a condo development owner.
Many owners built a long time before the hotels and condos, and their investment and advertising dollars helped increase the awareness of Sun Peaks to the public at large, bringing customers to the village to spend in the shops and restaurants, and we still need many more such customers.

We should be embracing the homeowners, and indeed all new homeowners, not threatening them with sanctions, with the not-so-pleasant outcome of potentially having to sell their investment.

Allan Field, Sun Peaks

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