I am a seasonal resident of Birch Point on Lake Vermilion, and I find that I must share my opinion on the issue of Bay View Lodge’s outdoor music. Our property is quite close to Bay View. And unlike a small contingent of chronic complainers, my family and I have never been bothered by music or other activities going on at Bay View. I have only positive things to say about this establishment. Bay View has a wonderful outdoor atmosphere. It has become a destination for those visiting the area as well as those of us who live nearby. Among the things people enjoy are the great decks, beautiful view and, yes, the live music. What’s even better is that while patrons are visiting this establishment, they are spending money and supporting the local economy.
I personally don’t like to fish. So, does that mean if I write enough letters and act like a petulant child, I can persuade the township board to prohibit fishing in front of my property on Birch Point? I hope not.
Although I pay taxes — $2,400 for this year — I don’t get to vote for those who make the township decisions, because I am only a seasonal resident. I suppose it’s possible that because I can’t vote here, the township board doesn’t care what I think. But again, I hope not.
Bay View Lodge has been a part of the Lake Vermilion community for decades. It, like Wolf Bay Lodge and the Landing, has been a boating destination, music venue, and social gathering place for people to enjoy during our Minnesota summers. I think that Bay View and other establishments should be able to offer outdoor entertainment in a responsible way and satisfy their customers without having their livelihoods and bottom lines affected by crotchety malcontents.
I trust that the board can step back and take a big picture view of this issue. I am sure that the new owner of the Bay View understands the importance of being a good neighbor. I would ask that the board not be swayed by irrational demands of a loud minority, and allow Bay View to continue its long tradition on Lake Vermilion.
Birch Point Road,
Lake Vermilion, Minn.