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Don’t let Gumby’s invade neighborhood’s peace

Editor,
As someone who was born in San Marcos, Texas, and have lived here most of my life, I’m having difficulty with the way our community is losing its small town atmosphere. Change is inevitable, but responsible development is needed!!
Unfortunately, I am not able to attend the City Council meeting on Tuesday, January 10th at 6 p.m., but I would like to voice my opinion on the proposed “Gumby’s / Bar” that is projected to be located in the 300 block of West Hopkins St.  “PLEASE NO, NOT ANOTHER ONE!!!”   We do not need any more bars that play loud music into the wee hours of the morning in the downtown San Marcos area! I live two miles from downtown San Marcos off of Old Ranch Rd. 12 and there are times that I can hear the music coming from “Tantra” on a Saturday night when they have live music outside. Since January of 1994, I have owned and operated a guest house which I have rented to out of town guests which come from all over Texas and other parts of the United States. They love to come to beautiful San Marcos and to visit other parts of the central Texas hill country while staying with us. It seems like every time a guest returns to my guest house, they comment on our downtown area having so many bars and tattoo parlors - and usually the only place they want to go downtown is to Palmer’s, due to the quietness of the place. We need more fine dining restaurants in San Marcos! My guests also choose to go to Wimberley, Gruene and New Braunfels when they are trying to go to a unique spot for dinner. Our downtown is being ruined by too many bars! It has become a “6th Street” -  just like in Austin!   
On another note, our Historic District is located too close to the noisy establishments from the downtown San Marcos area. As last year’s president of the Heritage Association of San Marcos, Inc, I want to see our Historic District protected and preserved!! I have many friends who have historic homes on W. San Antonio St., West Hopkins St., Belvin St. and Burleson St., and all the time, I hear of their complaints on how loud the music and noise is coming from the downtown area. If “Gumby’s / Bar” wants to have a business in San Marcos, have them locate in an area that is not in downtown San Marcos - an area that is not near a neighborhood and doesn’t disturb people who live in the area who are trying to get some sleep! City Council members - Please vote “No” on the “Gumby’s” establishment in the 300 block of West Hopkins St.

Sincerely,

Lee Festervan
Past President, Heritage Association of San Marcos, Inc.
Owner, The Cottage Guest House

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