The marquee sign for Blue Ridge Muse went up Wednesday — the first one signifying the various businesses in The Village Green.  Others are slated for installation Thursday.

Owners of the Village Green concept too often faced a recalcitrant — and some might say backward thinking — Floyd Town Council reluctant to approve the designs for the project. Some council members say they fear the town will become a tourist destination (my God…imagine that). After much haggling, approval finally came but progress seldom comes easy as each step forward appears to require two steps back.


  1. I’ve waited a while before weighing back in on this debate because I wanted some time to think about it and also to digest what was said here. I also sent Jeff B. an email and hoped he would respond. He hasn’t so I guess this is the place to revisit it.

    It is obvious that a future resident of Floyd County is pissed off at the reception he received here when he added his opinion to my original post about the attitudes of the Floyd Town Council regarding tourism.

    Were residents of Floyd County too harsh on Jeff? That’s a subjective call but it does raise the question of what can, and does, happen when a debate turns harsh or the level of criticism ramps up. I’m not the right one to judge when a debate turns too harsh because my debate style is rough and tumble and I don’t take offense when the other side dishes it out.  I can see why someone might be upset at the tone displayed in some of the posts here and it illustrates the need to make sure that all points of view are welcomed and treated with respect.  The need to show respect works both ways. Jeff got a harsh reception from some and he came back with a chip on his shoulder and it escalated from there.

    But the issues that Floyd faces cannot be solved with rancor or a superior attitude from either side of the debate. Everyone has something of value to offer in a public forum and it is important that we hear them out without cavalier dismissal or an assumption that they speak from an uninformed position.

    Jeff, if you feel you were treated harshly here, you have my apology as the operator of this web site. We welcome opinions from all perspectives and I hope you understand that comments posted here come from passion for preserving the unique quality of life that is Floyd County and not from any personal animosity.

    I’m sorry you chose to depart in anger (or to depart at all). This site exists to be a forum for discussion and news and it works best when all points of view are represented.

  2. What zoning? Here is a summary of Floyd County’s zoning strategy: You have the right to live next to a junk yard, trailer park, feed lot or anything else your neighbor wants to do with his land. After all, it’s his land. We don’t have a plan for Floyd’s future, and THAT is the the plan.

  3. First – Doug as always the commentary on your site is great – okay sometimes it “gets out of hand”, but at least there’s passion! I’ve been gone a few weeks and didn’t realize how much I missed all this until I started reading to catch up.

    Jeff (if you’re still out there)- I’m new to Floyd (7 years plus now, and still being treated as an newcomer/outsider by some folks) – and I love this place. I too am from Florida (raised in St. Pete – and then lived in Lakeland), so I know all about the cost of uncontrolled growth and poor zoning to a community. This is a HOT topic here and buttons are easily pushed – so don’t take people’s responses to your statements too personal – yes some may get over zealous, but it’s because they care.

    Just a reminder to the rest of us – these Blog sites are a great way to exercise our “freedom of speech” – it’s okay (and maybe encouraged) to disagree – but don’t be too critical – sometimes it’s hard to discern someone’s true point of view from just their comments….well except Doug’s – I usually get his.

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