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Wow. The city of Napa offered its citizens $0.50 per square foot to replace lawns and the fairgrounds installs over 5 acres of new sod? Really?

Unlike other parts of the state, Napa was never in a dire drought situation, yet the city tried to play it up and encouraged denizens to replace water-thirsty lawns with drought-tolerant plants. Why didn’t BottleRock cover the entire nine-acre area in the “long-grain artificial turf” instead of only four acres? That would have been a more responsible action.

How many locals had to give up their lawns for the fairgrounds to have their "setting" for BottleRock? I don’t care if the promoters are paying for the sod; who is paying for the water?

Full-time Napa dwellers will pay for this lawn, in water usage if nothing else. Napa citizens will be expected to conserve water while the tourism industry continues to waste it away. When did everything in Napa become tourist- and the tourism industry-first? Maybe we need some people in office who put locals first.

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Robbi Eggers

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