We don’t make a lot of appearances at Paradise Valley Town Hall. We prefer to spend our time welcoming people the world over to our track and driving experience about 25 miles south of town.
However, due to the international renown of our facility and because we enjoy calling Paradise Valley home, we decided to attend a hearing about the proposed Ritz-Carlton Resort at Town Hall on June 4.
Because our upscale clientele would benefit from a superior hotel. Many of them like the finer things in life and there are few finer things than staying at a Ritz, in Paradise Valley, after a great day at Bondurant.
Besides, we think it would be great for our town too. We like most everyone else don’t like higher taxes. Revenues from a new Ritz would be meaningful, helping to avoid the imposition of more taxes or the first property tax in the town’s history. It’s a jackpot really for a property on the edge of town away from PV proper.
And as we get older, public safety becomes that much more of a concern. More revenues mean more resources for the police protection that has become such a large concern over the past few years.
Look, we understand the need to thoroughly evaluate the plan, as the Town Council was doing the night we were there. But just as we do at Bondurant where we cooperatively work with people to make them better drivers we hope our elected officials will work with Ritz developers not to defeat or frustrate the project, but to make it a better one.
In this way we can all look forward to periodic drives to the Ritz in the future to enjoy great meals, charitable events, host guests or visit friends. Just don’t drive there as fast as you might at our race track!
Heck, we might even move there since maintenance of our larger lot home can be hassle and living in a place like the Ritz wouldn’t be, and we would get to stay in the community we enjoy so much.
Good luck to the Planning Commission and Town Council as we hope the end result is an approval for a great project.
Editor’s note: Paradise Valley residents Bob and Pat Bondurant own the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving in the Valley