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With regard to “Quit Bashing BottleRock,” (Dec. 21). I disagree with the statement that BottleRock brings in “thousands of dollars…into our community for businesses" and taxes.

When the organizers chose to schedule BottleRock on Memorial Day weekend they actually took away hundreds of thousands of dollars from local businesses and taxes. Memorial Day weekend in Napa Valley has always attracted visitors who flooded lodging properties, restaurants, and wineries, brought shoppers to stores, galleries, and wine tasting rooms, and filled the coffers of wine touring companies.

The Napa business community was already making a lot of money over that weekend. When BottleRock was scheduled on a non-holiday weekend it really did support local businesses and taxes, generating hundreds of thousands more dollars than ever before on what typically was a lackluster weekend. Local businesses were ecstatic that BottleRock was adding value to the community in a significant way.

What saddens me is that local businesses did request of BottleRock not to have the event on Memorial Day weekend as it would take money away from the community, and their answer was “no.”

Now, in order to generate revenue, local businesses need to stay open late on a weekend that should have been a success for everyone, and some (such as wineries, wine touring companies) don’t make nearly as much as they normally do on a holiday weekend. Even when offered another weekend at the Napa fairgrounds by another organization, they still said “no.”

It is disappointing that an organization that goes out of its way to be generous and understanding and altruistic is the same business that is taking away hundreds of thousands of dollars away from the small business community to which they belong and claim to support.

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Jim Gunther

Napa

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