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Wednesday, March 24, 2004


Two giant steps in SV

The Sun Valley City Council took the city two giant steps forward last week.

First, the council adopted a Dark Skies Ordinance that calls for shielded lighting everywhere within the city. Sun Valley is the third city in the valley to regulate lighting in order to protect the view of the canopy of stars visible here at night.

Such views have become a rarity in the nation’s heavily developed cities. The views of the Milky Way’s twinkling majesty is something every valley visitor takes home with them and most residents hold dear.

Second, the council approved an agreement that will ensure partial public access to the 18-hole private golf course at the Elkhorn Golf Club. The course owner, CG Elkhorn Golf, agreed to guarantee up to 20 percent of the daily rounds of golf to the public. Public play will be restricted to afternoons after 2 p.m. all summer and after 12 noon in the spring and fall. Nonmembers may be bumped from a tee time if a member wants it.

The agreement looks a little like the fine print on airline seat discounts and the percentage is not all that golfers and the business community hoped for. But given that the city has no regulations that control golf courses, the agreement may be the best the city could get from a company bent on privatization.

All in all, it was a good week’s work.


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