Don’t let a handful of complainers harm a popular local business

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.

Kara Tomazin

Birch Point Road,

Lake Vermilion, Minn.

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The above letter is loaded with good old "in your face" statements.

True, Bay View Lodge has been here for many decades, and has been an asset to our community. However, the current owner changed the business model by moving the loud, amplified music to the outdoor decks. This is not normal, is illegal and needs to be moved back inside.

So now there's a packsacker (aka 612'er)calling us "chrochity malcontents, petulant children and irrational!" I personally don't give a hoot what this tone deaf visitor has to say. As a family with 3+ generations across from bay view (who live here year round), the OBNOXIOUS NON-MUSICAL noise disturbing the peace and quiet enjoyment of our HOMESTEAD needs to stop. All of the previous owners were able to survive without ANNOYING THE HECK out of hundreds of permanent residents. No amplified music should be allowed EVER outside. Mary WORRINGER had only 30+ signatures on her no noise petition. I. can easily gather over 100. If bay view can't survive on booze and excellent food as a FAMILY resort, perhaps the new, uncaring owners should sell.

Now there are a couple comments above which seem so reasonable, so well thought out, so much working toward some fix of the situation.

Bay View has never had a long tradition of disturbing the peace, it is a recent intrusion. This chronic malcontent quit going to Bayview under the new ownership for more reasons than intrusive outdoor music. Because the current owner(s) have decided to annoy the neighbors rather than keep the peace, I shall continue my boycott and encourage others to do the same.

Bay View has never had a long tradition of disturbing the peace, it is a recent intrusion. This chronic malcontent quit going to Bayview under the new ownership for more reasons than intrusive outdoor music. Because the current owner(s) have decided to annoy the neighbors rather than keep the peace, I shall continue my boycott and encourage others to do the same.

Ummm. You just said that.

Since my wife and I bought are land in 1986 and slowly built our lake home near Bay View as we could afford I guess that makes us 612er's and outsiders for the remainder of time. However we love the area and most of the people in the area and do everything we can to support the local economy including almost $4800 in property taxes. We grocery shop locally, fullfill all of our hardware/lumber needs in Tower and even buy from the local economy and take the goods back to the twin cities. Until May of 2010 Bay View Lodge was never an issue. Yes there was increased noise living near a resort but it was the noise generated by boats pulling kids on tubes etc... and the sound of them enjoying themselves. Since May 2010 we have been accosted by extremely loud music played on the Tiki deck, intoxicated people who think they can sing through a kareoke machine, drunken people screaming at the top of their lunges in the middle of the night. We apparently no longer have the right to enjoy the property we have worked so hard to have. I might suggest that the person on Birch Point that enjoys the music should get a new battery for their hearing aids.

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