Promoting Tourism

Dear Commissioner Dan, did you know that the county sheriff’s office owns several boats paid for with my tax dollars? I’m betting that most of the time they’re just sitting idle doing nothing but costing us more money.  What a waste of the hard earned money of Bonner County residents. Tourism is huge here in Bonner County and that’s when I got another great idea. I like to fish and I think I might like water skiing and tubing. Surely, I’m not alone here (well, of course right now I’m alone in mom’s basement while typing this but that’s not the point). Since these are community boats, I see no reason why we can’t reduce the tax burden on the community by renting the boats to those who want to use them when the deputies aren’t hunting down people who don’t have license numbers on the side of their floaty-toys at City Beach. And what about giving tours of the lake to people who are visiting. People can pick up a sandwich and a 24-pack of Bud and head down to the water for a tour. You could even have themed tours like, “All the places where boats hit the long bridge” or “locations where drunk-boaters were busted” (insert the theme song from Cops here – Bad Boys, Bad Boys!). The sheriff’s deputies could get a little extra spending money or they can use it for a fundraiser for the Panhandle Animal Shelter. I know you like animals. Do you want to see more pictures of my cat? Anyway, nothing says “this is a great place” than to see a sheriff’s boat towing a water skier. During water events like the Long Bridge Swim, the sheriff’s deputies can do a skiing pyramid in neon bathing suits while shooting at targets along the bridge. What kid wouldn’t want to grow up to be a peace officer at that site? When I’m voted in as commissioner, we’re going to have more multi-use events so we can get the most bang for the buck! This is a total win-win for the sheriff’s department and the tax payers of Bonner County.
~Thomas (A Concerned Citizen)

Commissioner Dan’s Response: Thomas, best idea yet!

Ski or tube with a Sheriff. Pure genius. We can install wakeboard towers and large stereo speakers and folks can rent time to wake board while the deputies can keep an eye out for wake violators at the same time.

I’m thinking in the evening we could put a BBQ on the sheriff’s boats and offer a dinner cruise for tourists as well.

I’m so excited about this that i.might just have to.go into the office today and start planning this out. Sure it’s Saturday but good ideas don’t get a day off.


Originally Posted: 6/1/2019

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