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My family has been a regular visitor to Pagosa Springs, both summer and winter, since 1978. It started with only my wife, but has grown through kids and grandkids. We have introduced not only family, but many friends. All of this was to experience the beauty and small town atmosphere in a friendly and enjoyable setting, away from the rush of big town Houston. We have many friends in Pagosa.
Having watched the recent arguments over development and the coming big box store, the town is losing that uniqueness that sets it apart from so many others that have been overrun, and it will lose the very character that made it the best. Even the cherished history of your claim to fame in Red Ryder is at risk. I am saddened for those who call Pagosa home and will see their vision and investment diluted.
We have decided it is time to pick another restful place that retains its roots. From one stop light to now several, change has come. Change is always the one constant, but Pagosa did not have the leadership to manage it properly. I would suggest the town at least get some advice and guidance from development professionals to salvage what opportunity might be left. I wish the town all the best, but it won’t be with my dollars. You won’t appreciate what you have until it is gone. Thanks for the memories.