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    Editor,

    I believe that landowners on both north and south Highway 191 should be able to use their land in a manner that best suits that land. By restricting or limiting what can be built, such as nightly rentals, you are devaluing their land and the legal ramifications are yet to be seen. Some landowners have small parcels only suited to build small RV parks and not suited for residential. Hopefully the council will look at each application and not just deny all overnight applications. Trying to force landowners to build residential housing for long-term rentals is wrong. Long-term renters tend to destroy the property and stop paying rent after a few months. It can take up to six months to evict a tenant. I know this by having owned many rentals. Now I am not saying all renters do this but a majority do. Tenants think that because you own property you are wealthy, when actually you are just trying to make mortgage payments, taxes and insurance.

    Is this an attempt to put a moratorium on tourism after Grand County has spent millions on advertising to bring tourist here? Also, if we do not have accommodations we will have more people sleeping in their cars in the neighborhoods or parks and taking advantage of showering at the Moab Aquatic Center for the $5 fee.

    Thank you for your time.

    –Brent and Becky Christensen
    Small business owners
    Residents of Moab for over 20 years

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