In answer to the editorial of August 10th. I would like to see tourism growth in Trigg County. No, I don’t want our community to become like Bardstown, Gatlinburg or Branson and I don’t think it will. The Trigg County tourism logo is “ Experience Life......Naturally”. I personally love that message. I would not like to see our area become another glitz and glitter destination. It would be contradictory to our way of life. Why would we want to import huge ferris wheels or gigantic water slides. The idea of having souvenir shops one after the other on Main St. is a nightmare that I never consider.
What we have and should be developing on a larger scale is nature and all the natural activites related to our area. LBL is partly in Trigg County. We need to promote our proximity to it. We have Lake Barkley and Kentucky Lake which provide large areas of water for fishing and recreational boating. Lake Barkley State Park is the flagship of Kentucky state parks. Our downtown has antique and specialty shops set in a wonderful small town setting that has been well preserved. We have small businesses already established that are of interest to tourists, such as, the Alpaca farm. We have a recreational complex that hosts music and horse shows that would be entertaining to visitors. Our museum, downtown, is widely complimented by visitors.
What would be beneficial to our community would be to promote our area for its “naturalness”. Encourage visitors to come and experience our way of life. More businesses that compliment our lifestyle would bring more visitors and more revenue. Change is not bad if it is done with a well defined plan. If we plan now, control of our future will be in our hands.
Revenue from increased tourism would allow the community to provide a variety of entertainment for its citizens as well as visitors. Increased tourism means more jobs, not just in the tourism sector but also in all other businesses. More money in a community allows for the support of businesses that our citizens would benefit from.
Increased revenue in the form of a restaurant tax would be a return on a 3% investment that we all would make everytime we eat at a Cadiz restaurant. A couple going out to eat in Cadiz might spend $20 on a meal. On that $20 a 60 cent tax would be added. 60 cents isn’t even the cost of a cup of coffee. BUT, the people who now travel I24 and stop at McDonalds, KFC, Cracker Barrel, Wendys and Subway to eat are spending money each year here that would easily result in over $200,000 in restaurant tax revenue. That is the kind of return on money I would be glad to invest in.
This revenue could be used to promote our area so we would be competitive with other areas. Money could be earmarked for special events. Grants could be available for improvements to existing historical buildings or establishing convention venues.
Showcasing our way of life is what we can do best.
Cadiz Merchants Association