Turn off the overnight lodging faucet


Time flies. We now have less than three months remaining in the city and county’s temporary moratoriums on new hotel and nightly rentals.

I’ve attended meetings held by the city, the county and their consultant, Landmark Designs, and listened to neighbors and other residents voice their concerns about the impacts of tourism and the ongoing explosion of hotels and nightly rentals in our community. The overwhelming sentiment is that Moab and Grand County already have too many tourists and too many overnight accommodations.

Why allow more nightly rentals and exacerbate the tourism problems that are already unmanageable? No one is arguing that the projects that have been approved but not yet built should be denied, but this means that hotels and nightly rentals are guaranteed to grow by an additional 20% very soon. Yikes.

Our community is being consumed by the tourism industry and overnight accommodations. I hope our elected officials at the city and county will listen to the majority of the residents, rather than a handful of developers, and make the right decisions. We can’t roll back the clock, but we can keep the problem from growing and getting worse. Let’s turn off the faucet for a while and quit flooding the garden.

– Dennis Silva