Drag strip proposed to spark area economy

Jun 26, 2007 | Posted by: Shirley Moore | Full story: www.oscodapress.com

Jack Brown and Tim Kelly say the local economy needs a shot in the arm and they have the medicine. via Oscoda Press

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elizabeth wilson

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Jun 30, 2007
 
hi, this is the first time I've used this forum. I would like to say I've lived in Oscoda for almost 30yrs & prior I have been here every summer since i can remember.
I think the dragstrip would be great, as the economy in Oscoda is null & void.
I happen to live on the old base & we have planes all the time flying over & it doesn't disipate anyones ability to sleep, or does it interfere with anyones life.
I feel that anyway we can help the American economy is great! This is after all the land of the "Free & the Brave" lets keep it that way. Thanxs for your ear.
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Jul 7, 2007
 
elizabeth wilson wrote:
hi, this is the first time I've used this forum. I would like to say I've lived in Oscoda for almost 30yrs & prior I have been here every summer since i can remember.
I think the dragstrip would be great, as the economy in Oscoda is null & void.
I happen to live on the old base & we have planes all the time flying over & it doesn't disipate anyones ability to sleep, or does it interfere with anyones life.
I feel that anyway we can help the American economy is great! This is after all the land of the "Free & the Brave" lets keep it that way. Thanxs for your ear.
I sense we have a biased moderator here. You're from Indiana, so your opinion is irrelevant. Purely ignorant idea. We may hear a plane once a week, if that. This "proposal" will lower property values, and why would they vote down casinos, only to allow that trash to come in? Why not clean up the area and beautify the waterfont community, and the rest will fall in line? You know what kind of clients you get, the "bombox" crowd, the drinkers, the partiers. Lok at oakland county, do you think they would allow that near their turf? Look at Oakland county, and LEARN from it. Or Traverse City.
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Jul 8, 2007
 

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Just want to add this bit. The "Nascar" crowd is devoted to buying beer drinking and munching on chips. They may rent a room for one day of the event. What will that accomplish to stimulate the economy here? It's amazing, our town is full of retirees, and they will just love the sound of roaring engines all day. Nope, won't do much for the economy at all, but we'll sure get the bottom of the barrel crowd. We prefer the boating and fishing crowd. They bring their wife and kids, they eat at restaurants, and they shop the stores. Nice, quiet well-to-do people. This proposition is crazy. More respectable businesses are the answer.
Tom from Alpena

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Jul 9, 2007
 
I'll have more to say on this later today, but it seems that Just An Observer has real bad attitude toward people who enjoy motorsports. The way he describes these people belies an ignorance of the true manner of the car loving crowd. The money and people that a dragstrip would bring to Oscoda would be a boon to the whole community and general region. The narrow-minded and nasty mentality of JAO is that of someone who has no idea of which he speaks and is obviously someone who's ideas of what is good for the Oscoda area and northeast Michigan run counter to what the area can benefit from.
Tom from Alpena

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Jul 9, 2007
 
Just An Observer wrote:
<quoted text>I sense we have a biased moderator here. You're from Indiana, so your opinion is irrelevant. Purely ignorant idea. We may hear a plane once a week, if that. This "proposal" will lower property values, and why would they vote down casinos, only to allow that trash to come in? Why not clean up the area and beautify the waterfont community, and the rest will fall in line? You know what kind of clients you get, the "bombox" crowd, the drinkers, the partiers. Lok at oakland county, do you think they would allow that near their turf? Look at Oakland county, and LEARN from it. Or Traverse City.
Hey, Einstein, the city under the poster's name is NOT the location they are posting from.
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Ray Busuttil

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Jul 9, 2007
 
A drag strip would be great in Oscoda. It would generate business for all. I have been racing for 7 years now. The people you meet at the track are always real nice no matter what track you are at. Oscodaians should not worry about the type of people the track would generate. With some support from the IHRA and Kalletta I think the track would be a hit. Even if the "Big guys" run there the pass they make is over in 4 secs or less. Not as bad as a 747 on take off or engine test. I have a cottage on VanEtten lake. I would tow my car from Plymouth and bring all my racing buddies cash to spend in pockets to Oscoda. It seems any kind of improvement like garbage pick up, sewers etc is always met with opposition. Lets make Oscoda alive again. Maybe a name like Sunrise Raceway will work. Yes Drag racers have a negative image. Thats because they may race on the street. Bring it to the track its much safer.

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Jul 14, 2007
 
I have to agree with Tom from Alpena. I have lived in Oscoda for 13 years. I am also retired. I think the dragstrip is just ONE of many things Oscoda needs to generate the business's here. I also beg to differ with the comment on how often the planes fly over here. 1 a month? I should be such a heavy sleeper. There are many planes that fly over head many times a month, not to mention the testing of engines not flying. But it does not bother me and I'm just around the corner from the base. For some reason, I get the impression there are but a minute few here, who would like to see Oscoda Grow. Growth is good. We have lost many many business's the last few years. Something has to happen soon to attract the dollar, or it may turn into just another ghost town, then what? I won't mind a little noise once in awhile if it will help generate business. I think the dragstrip is a wonderful idea. I wish more things like this could appear here. Just my own personal, Oscodian opinion.
Tom from Alpena

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Jul 16, 2007
 
While I am not from Oscoda, I feel a voice from the area deserves to be heard. For years, myself, my friends, and others from the Alpena area have driven THROUGH Oscoda on our way to Ubly (and other places) to race our cars on their dragstrip. I know there are many, many enthusiasts who would welcome a dragstrip in the area. It makes good economic sense to promote and allow such a facility in Oscoda. When people are willing to drive 200+ miles to spend a day or a weekend or more at an area for recreation, it follows that they are also going spend money in that area.

The thought that the people who enjoy such things as drag racing and other motorsports are somehow undesirable visitors to Oscoda is just plain mean-spirited. In many cases, these people have a lot of money and time tied up in their cars and their hobby. They certainly wouldn't jeopardize their investment and time by being boorish. Another positive thing that would come of it would be the chance for local teens to compete at a legal and safe facility when they want to see who has the faster vehicle. Every town has their version of street racing, with all of the terrible consequences that could be a part of it. A real dragstrip could cut down on the temptation to do it at night on a dark road.

It seems that those who are against the dragstrip are those who have few real reasons to deny it to others. I get the feeling that some against it are retirees who haven't lived in the area very long and simply don't want their naps disturbed. The real truth is that a neighbor's leaf blower or stereo is likely to be more noticed that the racing at the strip. To come out against it in such an uninformed and negative way tells me that these people have little to really add to the positive development of the area's future growth and economy.

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Al from Greenbush

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Jul 20, 2007
 
I think that the persons who are so negative about the possibility of dragsters have a short memory. Not too long ago there were numerous takeoffs and landings of B52s and other military aircraft. I have been to drag races and have worked on the air base. Very few things can shake a buliding like a B52 taking off.....truly awesome. And I take exception to the sterotyping of racing fans. The air base was there for a considerable amount of time and I'll bet few if any moved away because of it. Just my opinion.
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Jul 29, 2007
 
I do not have a short memory; as I recall one of the flight paths to land the aircraft was right over my house. Everything shook and it was not awesome; you could not talk to a person on the phone and my children ran in the house every time the bottom side of an airplane was directly above our yard. So..........I do not want to hear the noise of cars racing around. There were many business ideas given this town when the base first closed. Now Grayling is getting the amusement park that would have provided many more jobs, other communities scooped up the prison and the casino idea. Now all we have left is drag racing. Wonderful. That should provide this town with an abundance of low paying jobs. I realize there are people who feel as strongly for drag racing as I am against it. I am not a negative person, nor a retiree, nor prejudice against anyone who believes other than me. I have an opinion that's all. I believe Oscoda can and should do better than a drag racing strip. My opinion.
Part time Oscoda resident

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Jul 30, 2007
 
I really can't form an opinion based on little or no information. How much revenue will be generated? How many people will the track and the surrounding businesses employ? How often are the races? What other cities have this type of track currently in place and what positive or negative issues has the track produced? I am assuming that this is a very seasonal revenue that would be added with employment being part time. Although seasonal employment is better than no employment,it is not a long term solution. Michigans abiltiy to attract new business is suffering as a whole. Bring back the Salmon fishing in Lake Huron. Get gas prices at a price that people can afford boating again. Would love to get more info before I can form an opinion.

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Jul 31, 2007
 
To,Part time Oscoda Resident; In one of the recent articles I have posted here I believe it mentioned the amount of races that will or could be held were 12 to 15 a year. You can double check on this and catch up on the details by going to the archives here. I agree with you about it not being a long term solution, but I'm going to think of it as ONE of many ideas that we really need. If this has a positive result, then maybe another attraction will follow, and then another. The ball just needs to get started to roll down the hill.
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Jul 31, 2007
 
The council or whomever keeps denying business to come into Oscoda. They are hurting the town. 12 to 15 races a year for the dragstrip would be great. Just like any other tourist attraction. It comes, it goes.
Grocery stores have wanted to come in. Glen's threatened to go elsewhere so, the stores were denied. Walmart wanted to come in, casino wanted to come in, ship docks wanted to come. Everyone afraid of hurting the small town image and becoming a city. Who will they cry to when the town becames nothing?
Allow people to come, bring in the business.
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Jul 31, 2007
 
To Just Another Opinion: I do not mean to reject your opinion out of hand. But the noise from dragsters is far less than a B52. And I also have to suggest that you knew when you moved into your home that there was an Air Force Base near. Additionaly, it appears that the fly overs were not a problem enough that it forced you to move from your home which is always your right. Oscoda needs new businesses, but it seems that other business ideas are consistantly turned down. A time may come when no business will want to even try to come into the area. This truly would be very bad for Oscoda.
Iosco county future

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Aug 1, 2007
 
I live in Oscoda and very upset with the people against the project! We have been racing cars for years and don't drink or do drugs! We eat more than just chips! When we go to a race there are 10 or more of us from all over Michigan and spend a small fortune! This county is poor and we need more businesses to come in or this place will be a ghost town! Check out the unemployment stats for Iosco County! So many have had a good life with good jobs from the BIG THREE and they can't provide those cush jobs for the younger generation! Think of the future generations, they need something too look forward too just like you did! If you want it quiet move to the UP in the sticks for all the quiet you want!
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Aug 1, 2007
 
I don't think anybody is saying that a dragstrip in Oscoda is the only way to help the economy. But it sure would be a great start and would give a lot of people who aren't into fishing and such but who are interested in cars something to do in which they can either participate or spectate. Or both!

I can't see anybody losing in a situation like this. Gas stations, motels, hotels, campgrounds, restaraunts, auto parts stores, and others would all benefit from having a local dragstrip.

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Aug 3, 2007
 
To Al: The reason I stay is because I have a decent job and they are hard to come by in the state of Michigan. We need attractions such as the drag racing strip, however more than that we need to also be aware that many people here are suffering due to lack of viable employment. I have heard the argument about how the noise won't affect anyone and how it will help local economy. Well then put the drag race strip in (I believe it's a "done deal" anyway). Time will tell if it brings with it the good outcome that the advocates profess. I have to agree with you that it seems businesses keep getting turned away. Also, it seems that everytime someone voices their opinion about just this kind of thing in Oscoda that someone responds by saying, "Move if you don't like it!" Nice attitude! That's probably why we have people moving here in droves. Everyone should be able to voice their opinion; that's my right too!

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Aug 4, 2007
 
We appreciate EVERYONE'S opinion. Whether pro or con. But I can understand the frustrations and short patience that everyone may have also, being that the point is this IS a poor time. We DO need something to attract the money flow and jobs here. I know a drag strip may not be that high on the list as far as creating jobs for the people, but it's not a bad idea to get the public to come here as far as generating the business for the markets, restuarants, auto stores, motels, hotels, camp grounds, grocery stores etc. Not to mention it will give the young as well as the older generation a new outlet as far as something exciting to do on the weekends. And as far as the noise, I'm sure that it won't be that bad. Couldn't possibly compare to the jet engines we have now. And with gas prices as they are, the tourist volume will probably be cut short this year and maybe even next year. We have depended on the tourists to contribute to the businesses here for many years now. And who's to say that a dragstrip won't generate other business to want to locate here? I also think that we, the people, should have some say on what our town does or does not need. We are the tax payers here, and I feel we should have some say. I don't think, personally, that the decisions should be left up to a minute few on some board to tell us what we need. So please, EVERYONE feel free to voice an opinion. Pro or con, this is good. It shows just how many people are interested in whats going on in our town. Definately more that just fishing.(Though it being my favorite sport)
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Mar 30, 2008
 
We need a drag strip in ne michigan...the hillman wheels car club put on a race day once a year and it has in excess of 1500 people attend...how would you like that every week?? Coulod happen...Jack
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Apr 4, 2008
 
Sounds like a good idea. I'd visit the drag strip while Im up state visiting the family.

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