A question residents have asked for several years in regard to Sedona tourism is, “When is enough, enough?”
With the recent lifting of most COVID-19-related restrictions in Arizona, many this past six weeks have been screaming, “Enough!”
As a goodwill gesture to frustrated residents, the Sedona Lodging Council proposed a resolution at its monthly meeting on April 13 requesting that the Sedona Chamber of Commerce continue pausing direct marketing or advertising for another year. But in the end, it was met with resistance among its own members.
“We wrote this as a way to say that we understand the pressure the city council is under,” said Lodging Council President Steve Segner, who helped architect the resolution. “We also understand that everyone is a little upset.”
Segner said one of the purposes of the resolution was to give residents an insight as to what he feels is the root cause of the recent tourism increase.
“I think we need to really keep reinforcing that this problem is Gov. [Doug] Ducey’s problem,” Segner said in reference to Senate Bill 1350, which the governor supported and signed into law in 2016 allowing short-term vacation rentals statewide and prohibiting towns, cities and counties from any regulation nor oversight. “We’re here trying to fix his mess.
“I think we have to be reasonable that the city council would have a very hard time, probably, funding us this year with all the hate that seems to be going…