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9/26/2013 12:25:00 PM
Letter: Sedona bans noise then builds amphitheater?


I cannot believe the City is so stubbornly continuing with plans to build an amphitheater at Barbara Antonsen Park. Does our City Council remember they recently passed a noise ordinance making outdoor music performances in Sedona almost impossible? Now the City is spending over a million dollars on an outdoor venue, with a strict noise ordinance in place, very limited access, no parking facilities, located in a densely populated area. This is doomed for failure. Sedona will have, again, wasted millions of dollars on a poorly planned project.

This money should be used to buy the Cultural Park instead. The Cultural Park was Sedona's, and Northern Arizona's, most attractive, sophisticated and exciting outdoor venue, with ample parking facilities, easy access and located relatively out of town.

Prior to getting bids for its construction, the citizens of Sedona need to vote on the building of an outdoor venue at Barbara Antonsen Park.

If the City cannot afford buying the Cultural Park, it should create a vibrant downtown with music, dining and shops. Has any one of our City Council Members been to Cottonwood's Main Street recently? Why is it that a city like Sedona, which attracts 4 million tourists a year, goes into deep sleep at sundown while a residential city like Cottonwood is so vibrant?

Cities encourage its merchants by giving incentives and preparing the right platform for the development of an exciting downtown. Sedona doesn't have to have outdoor music disturbing its residents.

Cottonwood's Main Street's music scene is all indoors. Sedona could have music and entertainment at our Uptown restaurants, with exciting coffee shops, wine tasting rooms, and souvenir shops. This will make Sedona the sophisticated city its tourists are expecting it to be. Not another poorly planned venue.

Suzette Orah Bruhn


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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Article comment by: Slater slater

The Sedonans only hear Motorcycles not
Loud Music.

Posted: Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Article comment by: Brian Carlson

I live about a quarter mile from what is going to be Barbara's park. When I expressed my opinion on another web site, I was blasted for expressing my concerns about noise. It is interesting that the group pushing this park for the most part do not live near the park. The two people who wanted to crucify me for my opinion do not even live in Sedona. They live in Cornville.

Posted: Thursday, September 26, 2013
Article comment by: Julie Dodge

Suzette, I agree with you. The Cultural Park in Sedona was an awesome place for concerts. I miss going there. Sedona should really think about that.

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