I am always a proponent for progress. Both plans look beautiful and would, of course, be an improvement to the area. Adding 40-plus more guest rooms to the Bandon area would also be a positive addition in the summer season when there is enough business for all of our lodging partners. Healthy competition is always good though the winter and shoulder seasons are already difficult for our local lodging community.
I understand the City of Bandon would be required to make exceptions to building codes in order for the Keisers to build according to their plans. I would imagine this is going to be an issue for many. Is this a one-time exception or would others be granted the same consideration? How does this affect those who had to abide by the building codes in the past and those who will ask for special consideration in the future?
I know that Bandon Dunes has put Bandon on the map in the world of golf. I am a local; born and raised in Bandon and appreciate everything Mr. and Mrs. Keiser have done for our community. The addition of another business would provide employment opportunities as well as provide the City of Bandon and our Chamber of Commerce with additional Transient Occupancy Tax income.
There are many pros and a few cons swirling around this project. I suppose my opinion is to, of course, welcome a new business to Bandon but not at the expense of other like businesses and others in our community who wouldn't receive the same building code considerations.