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Eye on Sedona Then and Now with Eddie S. Maddock

SedonaEye.com columnist, Eddie S. Maddock

Sedona AZ (August 15, 2012)Holy smokes!

Lately there are so many comments posted on Sedona Eye that, if one sneezes more than once, the entire lineup is likely to change within that short duration. Little wonder the SedonaEye.com web site has become so popular because there isn’t another news outlet in Sedona that will fairly make views from all sides of an issue available to readers.

Care to challenge that statement? Go ahead but be prepared for factual evidence supporting the pick and choose policies of other publications.

As frequently happens, comment submitters will enter into one-on-one dialog which, in turn, easily generates more interaction among other contributors — as opinions and tensions rally to verbal donnybrook elevations.

In fact, following these online altercations, it’s fascinating to discover how comments easily become extended far beyond the subject article offering the opportunity for comment in the first place.

Diane Laws Rodriquez photo of Sedona posted on Facebook

Then, there are unusual and interesting remarks made from near and afar that touch on real deals, provoking profound thinking.

Following is one such recent entry posted relating to the airplane crash at the Sedona Airport:

Libby and Phil Tregesserio says: July 30, 2012 at 6:47 am

We have read with interest this story and the comments, coming back often to see if new thoughts or opinions have been expressed. Tragedies involving children are never understood. Loss at such a young age is bitter.

When the lost art of conversation is rediscovered, it makes for interesting reading for these two Maricopa County (six years for six months annually) residents. A comment would be appropriate from former visitors to address the need for an airport and economy downside:

You may find it of interest that amongst our group of snowbird friends hailing from Wisconsin/Idaho/New York/Maine/Nebraska/Ottawa/Toronto/Oregon, we do not prefer additional trips to your fair city and no one ever goes to Mexico any longer. We say this not because of a bias but because it is an aid to hear. We enjoy Flagstaff for a cool summer outing about twice a year.

We visited Sedona in 2004 for a friend’s wedding weekend. In some areas it does offer spectacular scenery but it is a tourist town and one visit for us is enough. For us (and many friends and acquaintances), Grand Canyon NP and Zion NP and Bryce NP offer better scenery with retained simplicity.

We cannot speak to the airport but living near one would not be a preference because of noise and air pollution. We do understand that tourists might like the access if afforded and suggest an impact study in light of health and safety questions. Maybe one of your fine universities could take on the task? Thank you for your interest and time to share these comments.

Now did these people, Libby and Phil Tregresserio, offer a gift of information to the City of Sedona, specifically City Planners, City Council, Chamber of Commerce, Sedona Main Street Program or what?

Unsolicited words from tourists who speak not only for themselves but other associates from different parts of the country, all agreeing that Sedona has lost appeal. The campaign for too much — unwanted frills and unappreciated adornment — continues to choke the charm out of our natural environment. Their reasons for no longer coming to Sedona are stated simply and clearly: “We do not prefer additional trips to your fair city . . . In some areas it does offer spectacular scenery but it is a tourist town and one visit for us is enough.” Their comparison with National and State Parks is explicit: “Better scenery with retained simplicity.”

Food for thought Chamber of Commerce, Sedona Main Street Program and aggressive do-gooders who forever attempt to challenge Mother Nature, thinking they can improve her work with gaudy colors, garish signs, and ugly banners, all of which were classified as “taboo” at the onset of incorporation.

Whatever happened to the intention for Sedona to have a sign ordinance similar to the one in Carmel, California? It most assuredly was on the drawing board as a good example to accommodate wishes expressed in the original Community Plan, specifically “To be a city that is constantly vigilant over the preservation of its natural beauty, scenic vistas, pristine environment and cultural heritage.”

Does the increasing abundance of banners, flags, and ugly signage really represent “manmade improvements in strict harmony with nature?” Apparently that isn’t the case according to voices from Wisconsin, New York, Maine, Nebraska, Ottawa, Toronto, Oregon, and Alaska.

What went wrong? Has too much resulted in too little, proving that bigger is definitely not necessarily better? If other tourists have different opinions, why not share by submitting your comments to Sedona Eye?

Another fascinating comment was posted by “Dick” under “Quarterly Sedona Real Estate Report with Sean Baguley:”

Dick says:  August 7, 2012 at 2:44 PM

Sedona and the Village of Oakcreek are not the playground of the rich and famous but of the well heeled and retired.

There is a difference in longevity and plans to pay for the future with tax dollars.

LOCAL Government isn’t that necessary to Sedona and the VOC and the small cluster of folks that want more layers of government in the Village are out of touch with the majority and the economy. Yavapai County is fine and enough representation for the Village. Sedona would do well to dissolve city government and return to the county oversight.

Thank you for this.

And thank you, Dick, for interesting remarks and observations, subjective, of course, and possibly not all people will agree with your assessment.

However, likewise, not many people were aware there was a time when a short-term effort was afoot to have the Coconino County portion of Sedona removed from the City Limits.

Residents became discouraged because new construction, much of it high density timeshares and resort expansions, was being granted sewer privileges in favor of following the alleged master plan of connecting existing (pre-incorporation) subdivisions and businesses. It was obvious a breach of commitment had quickly taken command. Sewer priority was extended to the yet undeveloped Mystic Hills,  another slap in the face to those who lived in Sedona.

While still under jurisdiction of Coconino County, at least one proposed development (where the Hillside shopping center now exists) and attempts to increase the size of Poco Diablo had been denied. It became apparent that, prior to incorporation, Coconino County offered far more restricted and tasteful development in accordance with the desire to maintain the special scenic values Sedona hoped to protect.

Coconino County had, in fact, been acknowledging the unwritten desires of the now useless Sedona Community Plan. And, yes, it is worthless. Check historically the infractions including but not limited to;  amendments for rezoning, alternate standards, administrative waivers, manipulation of parking requirements, fluctuation and watering down of perceived tasteful signage, and the list seems to go on and on.

Based on the above, an 18-year Coconino County Supervisor, Dennis Wells, was contacted regarding a process whereby the section of incorporated Sedona which he served might secede from the incorporated city and return to county jurisdiction.

However, not far into investigating the process in 1995, Mr. Wells accepted employment in Cave Creek and terminated his post as Coconino County Supervisor which left concerned and discontented Sedona citizens high and dry. These citizens pretty much felt stuck, as victims, in the obvious con game of incorporation which clearly was meant to accommodate and serve developers and not those who live here.

To this day, 24 years later, older subdivisions still remain without service to the Waste Water Treatment Plant which, in itself, has become a source of mockery and jokes since the beginning of the incorporation of Sedona (the now commonly believed farce was and continues to be).

As evidenced by review of Geronimo Communications Backfire video footage at a meeting in the Village of Oak Creek at 7:00 PM the evening of June 19, 2000, a standing-room-only audience (approximately 300 people) crammed into the then-existing Big Park Clubhouse to listen to a presentation by then-VOC resident, Charles Aurand, who represented the Annexation & Incorporation Committee of 12 “unnamed disciples” except that three-quarters (9) of that twelve were VOC residents while one quarter (3) lived in the Sedona City Limits.

The idea, considering audience reaction, was soundly rejected. The idea was based on such things as becoming part of the (then alleged) eighty-million dollar sewer treatment plant debt as part of the estimated $10,000 per capita indebtedness at that time honoring residents of incorporated Sedona.

Why would VOC residents be willing to split that bill?

The obvious Big Park opposition to annexation and or incorporation, at least the evening of June 19, 2000, most assuredly echoed the sentiments expressed by “Dick” in his recent comment posted on Sedona Eye.

That the current City Council has now tabled important matters, such as addressing Smart Meters, and favors dedicating $4,020,000 to a Creek Walk (Ref. 07-31-12 Council Retreat Packet) without consideration to future maintenance, safety patrol, and liability is unfathomable while at the same time represents the ongoing “business as usual” policy.

Some things just never change.

“. . . and we’re POSSIBLY going to talk about smart meters and neighborhood identity and pride, Adams said.” (Sedona Red Rock News, 8/3/12, p. 5A)

Neighborhood identity and pride? 

OK, it’s time to wind this up with hopefully more to follow, primarily in the form of input from Sedona Eye readers. Amen and Hallelujah!

*Geronimo Communications Backfire video tape aired on June 20, 2000.

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  1. Warren says:

    The beatings will stop when sufficient pride has been displayed.

  2. N. Baer says:

    IMO, it is every residents’ loss that those in charge of marketing Sedona do not concentrate on its uniqueness, its small size, and improve the overall quality of what is offered to tourists, etc.

    The Chamber of Commerce, the City, etc. directs the meager marketing it produces, as if its the Prince looking for the Princess whose foot fits the glass slipper. There is that local “fantasy” that Sedona is animated by the arts, what exactly that means in tourist dollars is unclear to me. Since most tourists come here for the scenery and outdoor adventures, wouldn’t it make more sense to have retailers catering to them that are open to serve them first thing in the morning?

    It is clear that Sedonans are overlooking the rarity of its natural resources as its greatest asset and the reason that people choose to come here. They do not come here to shop for anything where they want the most selection possible. Sedona needs to emphasize its smallness and work on presenting quality things for sale; whether its paintings, sculpture, or food. If you look at other successful resort smaller cities/towns THAT is the quality that attracts visitors.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Sedona has become a busy, noisy, polluted, tourist trap. This why most people only stay for one or two nights and we have a lot of day trippers, once they see the town they quickly head to Flagstaff. (This is what tourists have said to me.)

    We have chased the recreational people away with traffic and airport noise. This was a perfect town in the 90’s, all the traffic and tourism is not helping the town. I want a green town, with less pollution, less traffic, no smart meters, no roundup being sprayed and no airport.

  4. thasrt@tahoo says:

    Right on!!! Eddie.

  5. Anonymous,
    You forgot a couple of more things…no cars, trucks, motorcycles…just horse and buggy.

  6. E.S. Maddock says:

    Hi Rich in the VOC.

    Did you happen to live here when Sedona did have a couple of horse drawn carriages? Their route was from uptown to Tlaquepaque.

    They didn’t pollute because they were fitted with poop bags.

    As I recall it was the Uptown Merchants Association during those days that put the kibosh on that charming bit of Sedona history.

  7. Donna says:

    This town lacks decent shopping.

  8. penelope says:

    There were maybe 2,000 people in Sedona when we moved there in 1972. We could walk out our back door and hike all the way to Flag. if we wanted, for free. A few years ago we were having lunch, not dinner, lunch, in a restaurant in W. Sedona with some fancy multi-national name. I ordered a $25.00 bowl of pasta, not including a salad, and thought about the fact that we were now sitting in the old laundramat, that pasta would of bought a lot of spins of the dryers! I miss the old Sedona..

  9. Sedona, Sedona what happened to you?
    Not much left natural except sky of blue.

    Dense dwellings called timeshares now occupy hills.
    Ugly signs and gross colors show man made skills.

    L’Auberge de Sedona, once a class master.
    What stands there now is a prefab disaster.

    Quaint ice cream shop is gone; Flicker Shack leveled.
    Some change can be good but not when bedeviled.

    (Returning to Sedona after 15 years was a HUGE mistake. It will NOT happen again!)

    Trond S.
    Oslo, Norway

  10. John Wilson says:

    Increased time spent at home due to COVID-19 can become interesting. For example, searching Sedona Eye archives this 8/15/12 column surfaced and lo & behold except for maybe a few updated examples of the same old, same old NOTHING HAS CHANGED.

    Well, maybe at least one thing. The trend of discussion within the article has marched onward. In spite of ongoing crumbling infrastructure, this “city” continues to waste millions of $$$$ with lack of concern for health, safety, and welfare. Need proof? Try fighting the ever increasing traffic in Sedona. Are all of those “visitors” wearing masks outside the confines of their automobiles? HAH! (but maybe their money – cash or credit cards – doesn’t spread germs?)

    Yes, although some (those “on the take”) may argue to defend Sedona’s big government policies (check out the number of employees at City Hall) isn’t it a fact the CHARM has definitely been CHOKED OUT OF SEDONA?

    Some tourists made that wise observation back in 2012. Since then the Golden Goose has been tarred, feathered, tortured, singed, and kicked to the curb. Sedona residents might consider themselves lucky though. They mostly have just been confined to the “kicked to the curb”abuse. Be grateful: No city property taxes – YET.

  11. Norm, Sedona says:

    @John Wilson “No city property taxes – YET.” However discussion is presently on the table to increase the city sales tax AGAIN!

    Check out your own receipts including utility bills and see what we are already forced to pay into city coffers. And who was it said residents aren’t paying their fair share? For what? What services do we get from the city? Not any utilities or garbage pickup which most municipalities provide. They can’t even keep our streets in decent repair.

    Be grateful we aren’t taxed on groceries – so far that is. If they can they will! The same is true with city property taxes. Fortunately that one would require approval by voters but who’s to say if they wouldn’t be sucked into a snake-oil sales pitch and approve of such a thing. BTW incorporation was approved primarily based on the condition there would be NO CITY PROPERTY TAXES!

  12. Chris Anderson Jr. says:

    During lunch was hearing complaints about that life isn’t as good this year and I think it’s time we all had a meeting.

    Your lives are good. Your lives are quieter and more home based and your businesses might not be going exactly how you’d like, but they are going and as far as everybody at lunch, they’re not going downhill.

    With the vaccine it’s going to be better in a couple months. There’s a lot to like every single day and a lot to do even with this COVID. Happy thanksgiving for everyone. Go take a hike Sedona. That’s why you’re living here isn’t it? Thanks SE.

  13. steve Segner says:

    Check out your own receipts including utility bills and see what we are already forced to pay into city coffers.
    Oh please” Forced to pay” what $3.00 on an electric bill that 1/2 goes to the state. The average hotel guests pay over $100.00 in tax for a three-day stay. You use the word forced to pay a tax, we all pay taxes as we should, roads schools, and police don’t come free. Grow up and understand just how lucky you are to live in a city like Sedona and have other pay.

    @John Wilson “No city property taxes – YET.” John the city has never talked about a property tax nor does it need one, a property tax can only be put in place by the voters. Sedona is in great shape and is doing better than most small cities in America just look at the tax collection numbers and hotel opponency numbers for October and November the chamber and the city have done a great job over the years to introduce Sedona to a wider audience in the past we were spring and falle East cost traveler dependent no longer.

  14. Vanessa & Bayard N says:

    Too Cold here didn’t know that when stayed night now heading to warm weather in Indigo. Nice visit yesterday. Picnic looking out on the rocks. Don’t like mountains with rig. So long (deleted by editor) rocks a good lunch Sedona. Go

  15. Mary Jo says:

    Life’s good Chris and appreciate the reminder. Personally I’m sick to death of hearing coronavirus numbers because they’re meaningless to our world. We welcome visitors every day and not one visitor gets tested to come in and we’re all fine and well.

  16. Midwest Snowbirds says:

    As routine annual visitors to Sedona, we express our gratitude to the Governor of Arizona (Doozey?) who so graciously made it legal for property owners to offer their homes as short term rentals. FYI all such takers do not make reservations via agencies such as Airbnb. We contract directly with property owners and can assure you we do NOT pay anywhere near $100 in combined bed and sales taxes for a one week, two week, and sometimes even more extensive visits. Because we drive we are able to for the most part to bring in our own groceries and most of our entertainment is confined by choice to experiencing hiking, visiting the Grand Canyon and other interesting attractions such as Indian ruins. The homes we rent generally are well equipped with upscale features including giant size TV screens. Frequently we invite our own friends and relatives to visit US in our lovely home-away-from home vacation rentals – and in such instances they will offer to treat us out to a lunch or dinner at one of your overpriced restaurants which actually seem reasonable until the bill comes and we review your tax structure. We thank you, Sedona specially our governor for looking out for us visitors from the midwest, eastern, western, north and southwest and all parts of our beautiful country. If it weren’t for these vacation rentals it’s doubtful we could afford to be annual visitors/tourists to your fair city. Oh and we should offer gratitude to your chamber of commerce as suggested by @Steve Segner if they have been responsible for advertising Sedona in the Phoenix area in particular points of entry such as the airport. (The guests to our own profitable seasonal rental thank you as well.)

  17. @johnwilson says:

    good comment bud

  18. Ross Getz says:

    The CEO of Starwood said 1/3 of hotels are
    going down. That means Sedona don’t put your eggs in new timeshares and hotels because the hotels here will be falling and you’ll
    have a tax turkey eyesore in your neighborhood. Multi family is on the way down. You need smart future Value ad deals but that doesn’t exist now. Screw ADU busking because whomever is promoting it isn’t knowledgeable about 2020 or 2021 Markets. Check out http://www.KenMcElroy.com and learn what’s happening – rent is stagnant now and not growing.

  19. Sammy the Psychic says:

    Hey, Folks, don’t anyone get your knickers in a twist. If, in fact, Sedona “hotels are going down” @Ross Getz, that will be a dream come-true for local “lefties.” (Mayor and allies, are you paying attention?)

    What an opportunity for their dream to come true. Sedona Sanctuary City!!! Yippee!!!

  20. Charley Bierstein says:

    Hey Guys & Gals, take heart. Ain’t no doom and gloom @Sedona City Hall and apparently funding for dream projects remains abundant. Money for fixing and maintaining deteriorating infrastructure? Not so much.

    At the meeting on Nov. 24 the city council approved $1,518,050 for the design of a proposed parking structure on Forest Road. That’s just for the DESIGN, Folks, to be completed early in 2022 with construction predicted to begin a year later. (which takes us into 2023) But wait! The anticipated price of the 272-space garage is $11.5 million.

    Outgoing Vice Mayor John Martinez went on record quite sometime ago to move ahead with this project and get it done. Is that intended to be translated as more accolades to the legacy he’s leaving for Sedona? How could he possibly surpass his initial attempt for notoriety when he promoted the notion of bastardizing the chamber of commerce as being part of city government which remains disputed as the source of having created the ongoing soaring numbers of “day-trippers” in the first place?

    Pandemic? Recession? Huh – WHA’ DAT?? Never heered of sech a think in Sedonya Aireyzonia!

    Truly – ya jes can’t make this stuff up! OMG…….

  21. Jason Williams says:

    So this cockeyed CITY is now investing millions for a parking structure on Forest Road? What became of the plans for the Jordan Road property purchased by the Chamber of Commerce with city revenue? Allegedly to be deeded BACK to the city for guess what? PARKING ACCOMMODATIONS!!

    Is that prime Jordan Road property now to remain an asset for the NONPROFIT regional C of C? The group that promotes ONLY their members most of whom are outside city limits and contribute not ONE penny to the city tax base?

    Yes, Vice Mayor Martinez, by all means encourage the city to move along quickly with the Forest Road plans. Why? As a cover-up to your multiple and ongoing negotiations with this questionable BEDCHAMBER operation? Shell games continue.

  22. steve Segner says:

    The anticipated price of the 272-space garage is $11.5 million. Funding. All of the projects are funded by a temporary half-cent Transportation Privilege Tax, a sales tax, that took effect on March 1, 2018. Tax revenues, 60 percent of which will be paid by visitors, will be spent solely on transportation projects. The tax will expire as soon as improvements are completed or in 10 years, whichever comes first. Sedona in need of parking for uptown and you can see the $1,000,000 paid for the parking lot by the chamber marketing funds was a great deal….. Sedona is a tourist town and as Phoenix grows more and more visitors will be coming to Sedona.
    as for Sammy the Psychic says: comment Sedona hotels are doing great we had a great summer and Fall.
    Transportation improvements are underway. City council members and staff spent two years discussing and gathering input to identify citizen priorities now contained in the Transportation Master Plan. The projects in the plan are collectively known as Sedona in Motion, and are designed to improve traffic flow, support transit, provide non-motorized travel options by improving walking and bike-riding paths, and improve safety. All projects are focused on reducing environmental and visitor traffic impacts, and preserving Sedona’s beauty and livability.

  23. Brent says:

    That’s way out of line. Doesn’t even pencil out.

  24. Tim says:

    how much did that firehouse cost near chapel that came in way over budget the first time city in charge??? you’re ruining valuable real estate uptown for an eyesore and future homeless shelter??? that’s what happens to these type of monsters and the crime goes up with it??? we don’t need parking there for a few tourist surges. get a real life city hall.

    greedy main street. greedy sedona developers and land owners.

  25. steve Segner says:

    Tim, you need to do a little research the city did not build the firehouse.
    Homeless shelter? crime goes up with it??? words of a NINBY. Please don’t post till you know what you are talking about…. The Fire department (District) is not part of the City of Sedona government. The new parking lot will be in the heart of the tourist area,

  26. Patsy O. Davis says:

    The two examples cited above relating to parking structures represents the fickle nature of those involved at city hall. Wonder if they would be so frivolous if the vast amount of money they are allowed to toss around were there own?

    Wonder why “they” didn’t stick with the Jordan property, build the parking structure there, and then decide the next move. Oh but of course that property is owned by the chamber of commerce, purchased with city funding.
    Does anyone else wonder if they will EVER finish up with that sewer mess on SR179? Yet another example of a city project gone bad?

    Firehouses @Tim aren’t City of Sedona projects. The fire department is operated by a District and includes a broader area than Sedona City Limits. (VOC & RR Loop areas as an example) Of course we as taxpayers finance the facilities for which we are assessed and pay for via our respective county tax bills. Thank your lucky stars the fire department ISN’T a city operated enterprise!! Praise the Lord for that blessing.

  27. @Tim says:

    Interesting point about parking garages and the homeless or high crime, I don’t recall a single notice in the RRN that says that the homeless were ejected from the EXISTING parking garage. How about the information about high crime and parking garages? Can you please “share your work” with all of us as to where you found the information to make these statement?

  28. WDQ says:

    Affordable housing crisis? No. Tell the Flagstaff City Council in the Sedona City Council. There is no affordable housing crisis. The interest rates at under 3% are 1/2 the interest rates when Obama and Biden were in control. Affordable housing? It came with the Trump administration interest rates. Learn your math bubbas instead of your politics.

  29. Barney Sussex says:

    Great job Sedona/Chamber of Commerce! (one and the same?)

    COVID is running amok in Sedona. Thanks for inviting all the diseased people in the world to visit here. No wonder the former Pres/CEO of the C of C left the state. Also the former city attorney. Could they have seen the writing on the wall? Nah! Of course not.

    Any bets on how long the present city manager will remain on the job? Better yet who will make up lost revenue when the tourist trade dries up – or drops dead from the current pandemic? Time for Sedona to reverse incorporation? Y-E-S!!!

  30. Yarek says:

    Sedona won’t exist as an income producer if the current people remain in charge. The red rocks are findable in Utah and Idaho and New Mexico. The call of Sedona was its crystals and Native American spirits vibes acts sales scheme of the 60s- 90s after we lost movies and Hollywood. A few deaths from false spirit guides and whoops! On to fake turquoise and a few artists who can’t make it anywhere else. Learn it here. Then Goober got hired at city hall. Damn.

  31. Steve segner says:

    Yates Yes that’s why it’s important that we keep advertising and remind people that Sedona is a special place that’s always remember to that during this pandemic Sedona’s done better than almost any medium size town in America. Fact Sedona is so busy right now we stopped advertising and putting all our efforts into tourism support hope that helps

  32. Alexander says:

    Steve you’re lying about advertising. It hasn’t stopped, if it had then the chamber would disband for lack of income. Or are you agreeing the chamber isn’t worth the city investment? Businesses better be using Covid practices every minute of every day or we need to shut them down for endangering residents. Why don’t we have a curfew yet on tourists? We don’t want them out and about infecting people.

  33. Steve segner says:

    I think you’re addressing questions that should be answered by the governor who has the only power to stop tourism Our issue a stay at home order the Chamber of Commerce job is to make businesses successful and with that the city is successful just remember in the cities view and in the states view a resident and a visitor or citizens of America should be treated exactly the same you tend to have a view somehow somehow you have superior rights you don’t, this isn’t 17 century England where the land that gentry tell the peasants what to do

  34. Jim, uptown says:

    What the hell is tourism support?

  35. Nancy says:

    The governor? He doesn’t act as king to peasants, he delivers what the people want after being instructed by the state representatives. You don’t like what the governor says then look to your state reps by picking up the phone or sending an email.

    Sedona tourists aren’t sent here by the governor or state house. Sedona tourism is run by people in Sedona like you Steve with business interests that don’t match residents interests.

    Most Sedona business is big corporate or out of state landlords. Take the Patels in VOC as an example. You allow people to come in and with the aid of a few destroy the many. That’s not the governor, that’s local.

    You taught one supervisor a lesson, where’s your effort to get the job done? Steve, the peasants of your scenario rose up against you and city council and chamber of commerce who would be king of Sedona present and future. You are in the minority, not the majority. Are you still taking that former supervisor’s calls?

  36. Don, west Sedona says:

    Sedona became well known and a destination by Word of mouth. The chamber marketing programs run by people without class.

    Class can’t be bought with money, class comes from knowing that quality is more sought after and more successful than quantity.

    A parking garage has no class, a challenging foot trail of dirt through the red rocks is.

    Not everyone has the right or the privilege to traverse Sedona, only those with the proper means and desire to experience her rare beauty and serenity just as she is.

    You don’t need to whore Sedona, be her caretaker not her john.

  37. Steve Segner says:

    You say Most Sedona business is big corporate or out of state landlords. Just a reminder the village of Oak Creek is not Sedona and people building a hotel in the village has nothing to do with Sedona city government And since when is that even illegal for people to come into a town and buy property to build a business and employ people.County supervisors oversee county unincorporated areas once again not the city of Sedona. All cities of any size have parking lots for tourist our parking structures. You moved to a tourist town what did you really expect sedona is 100 miles from Phoenix one of the fastest growing cities in America of course sedona is going to grow and of course Sedona is going to promote itself as an upscale destination nationwide

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