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We can't look back if we want real improvements at the Weirs

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To the editor,

This letter is in response to a letter in the April 13 2012 issue of this paper by Callista Wilson of Laconia regarding her concerns about the conditions at Weirs Beach. First of all I commend her for writing and agree with her and would like to add what I feel may be the answer for Weirs Beach before it is too late.

First , What is right about Weirs Beach? We have the largest public beach on the lake. Second, we have the most public parking of any town on ...

To the editor,

This letter is in response to a letter in the April 13 2012 issue of this paper by Callista Wilson of Laconia regarding her concerns about the conditions at Weirs Beach. First of all I commend her for writing and agree with her and would like to add what I feel may be the answer for Weirs Beach before it is too late.

First , What is right about Weirs Beach? We have the largest public beach on the lake. Second, we have the most public parking of any town on the lake. Third, we have more public docks for boats than anyone on the lake. Forth, we have the M/S Mt. Washington and her two sister ships birthed at Weirs Beach, Fifth, we have a newly completed boardwalk which (In my view ) has the best and broadest views over Eagle Island and the mountains beyond. Sixth, we have the Hobo Railroad stationed at the best depot on the lake. Seventh, you can also fill your boat with gas or pump it out and get any connivance item at the town docks. We also have one of the oldest (if not the oldest) drive-in theaters in the state. We also own 22 acres of land that the city parks and recreation department has earmarked for a park for all to enjoy This park is slated to be started this spring and I believe that it should be but I also believe that the council still has to approve it. I have been very vocal on this park as a cheerleader because it will be a place that all can enjoy. Also in this same park there is a planned pavilion.

In downtown Laconia the Parks & Recreation Department has done a wonderful job and there is no reason to believe that they will not do the same great job at The Weirs park. We also have in the Weirs Beach area, Funspot, with it's new Monkey Trunks open all year with bingo, bowling and my favorite (billiards), etc. The Naswa does a wonderful job promoting events and has a great restaurant beach bar and lodging, etc. The newest edition to the Weirs Beach is the Lobster Pound Restaurant, also open year round. Close to the Weirs, across from the newer Cumberland Farms are several affordable year-round homes under construction. These home have a clubhouse and pool for owners to enjoy and are a truly affordable option for the locals or second home buyer. On Scenic Drive and Rte. 3, Meredith Bay is building several up scale homes and condo's right on the water, with awesome views with more planned in the future. These buyers will enjoy a pool, tennis and a wonderful marina, etc. — and is within walking distance to Weirs Beach. The owners also have sites planned for a hotel, restaurants and several retail sites and would build to suit for the right tenants.

Now, for what I believe is wrong with Weirs Beach. First and foremost we are the only attraction on the entire lake that has parking meters and makes people pay to park before using our beach. In my view the parking meters should go or at least TRY not using them for a two year period. If after two years the income does not increase more than what they bring in, I will be surprised. To be fair the city would have to deduct the costs involved in maintaining these meters and payroll before telling you what a great source of revenue they are. Can you imagine Mitt Romney if elected wanting to go on the Mount with some head of state and having to excuse himself to put money in a meter? Secondly, I believe there has to be some sort of tax relief in order to encourage growth in the area. A new hotel (for example) would need some sort of relief in order to build but the city would benefit from long-term taxes on the building. The same type of relief may be applied to existing buildings and store fronts in order to create a new IMAGE at the Weirs. The pier at Weirs is a prime example of needed continued maintenance as it is grandfathered but if it ever falls into the lake may never be allowed to be rebuilt.

Weirs Beach is presently going through a huge change with the new round-a-bout that is being built. In my view this change should be promoted by way of a permanent center piece in the middle of the structure. Whether you agree or not with the design I believe that the city should capitalize on it. As for the planned pavilion, the city in my view should be seeking a sponsor in order to get it built sooner rather than later. I have been coming to Weirs Beach for over 35 years and decided to move here about five years ago. Weirs Beach has the potential to be what it once was and like Callista I hope that these letters will help. If we all sit back and to nothing then nothing will happen. If we care enough to present ideas to the city, then maybe the city will act. I believe the handling of the fire at the Weirs was not done properly but we can not look back. We have to look forward if you want to see improvements Then we have to stay involved. Thank you for listening.

Russ Poirier

Weirs Beach