My name is on that shiny plaque in Ouray’s City Hall for donating to rebuild the bell tower back in ‘87-‘88. While working, I planned to retire to Ouray, but God saved me from that fate, and here’s one of the many reasons why I am so thankful I didn’t get what I wished for back then.
After visiting and promoting Ouray since 1977, I just learned that your City Council decided last year to make discounted rates for the pool available only to people in the 81427 zip code, quoted here: “Resident and senior rates will only apply for those who live within the 81427 zip code area.”
As a retired senior, I will not be wasting gas to drive 70 round trip miles only to be charged a couple bucks more just because I live in Montrose, nor will I be promoting anything about Ouray in the future. The town used to be a friendly place to visit, but that began changing in the early 90s and has gotten worse. I have lots of friends from Arizona and other nearby states who won’t patronize Ouray anymore because of your attitudes concerning visitors. My ATV friends, for example, now go to Utah and other states to ride their quads. Given the price of motels and campgrounds, I am so happy you are losing their business—it amounts to quite a lot of money for your seasonal entrepreneurs.
I will do everything I can to discourage visitors to Ouray from now on. If anything, you should be giving visitors even lower rates than residents, since we are the people who keep you all from going broke. Yes, you love the tourist money, but not the tourists. This is called “typical small-town, small-mindedness.” It costs you dearly once visitors catch on to it. Word gets around, folks.
Too bad your residents have to drive 70 round trip miles for groceries and other items not available in your little town. If it were up to me, I’d require our stores to charge your residents a premium since your pool is now too good for us.
Bye! Thanks for the good times I had in the 70s.