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RE: Jan 6 article: Proposed Amphitheater Near Dripping Springs Faces Neighbor Opposition
Blizexas LLC and parent company Lexor Investments found Travis County’s codes too restrictive for a 5000-seat amphitheater. Next they targeted rural Dripping Springs to take advantage of its unincorporated status. However, without due diligence, they were unaware respecting nature and preservation is the unwritten code long-held by Hill Country neighbors, businesses, and ranchers. Small venues fit. This is worth the fight to keep our Hill Country flora and fauna intact and Onion and Barton creeks pristine.
One issue is Fitzhugh Road is made for light traffic, not an additional 3000 cars twice a day, 3 times a week. Eleven-foot-wide access roads have steep drop-offs, blind corners, no guardrails, shoulders or streetlights. It’s notable that road improvements are not scheduled for 15 years.
Newly elected Commissioner Walt Smith’s comments seem to support the developers’ efforts: “County roads are likely to experience heavy traffic and safety issues that the county [taxpayers] will have to pay to address, unless the developer volunteers to make needed safety improvements. The developer has voluntarily stepped up to do a number of improvements along the property where they are at on Fitzhugh Road.”
When we asked about the poor roads and gridlock, LeClerk, a representative of Blizexas, actually said: “[We] only have to worry about the people on this property.” He has no intention of paying for any road improvements.
LeClerk says he will “fix everything.” He won’t. Using his own example, the half-sized 2500-seat California Bay Area Lexor venue has failed to be traffic-friendly, despite having good access roads. It is “a nightmare to get in and out of” a recent patron said. Stay informed and join StopFitzhughConcertVenue.com.
Dr. Cynthia and Will High