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Letter Circulates Against Proposed Field Of Dreams Complex
By Lauren Dewitt, Reporter
DYERSVILLE, Iowa -- A letter called "Save our Town" made its way all around Dyersville late, Sunday Evening.
The letter was meant to inform the public about what happened in the town of Cooperstown, New York, where a similar baseball complex to the one being proposed at the Field of Dreams was built.
Though, some Dyersville city leaders believe the letter is inaccurate.
According to the letter, information was gathered through phone conversations with a Chamber of Commerce member in Cooperstown, but director of economic development for Dyersville, Jacque Rahe, made some phone calls herself.
"It had contradicted some things that the Dubuque Area Chamber of Commerce and CVB actually did some research on," Director of Economic Development for Dyersville, Jacque Rahe, said.
The letter says Cooperstown has a total of three hotels which only offer weekly rentals, and no nightly stays.
"I called seven different properties and found out that, to not be totally true. There was one property that said on occasion they do have a five night minimum stay, but only when there is a special event at the resort," Rahe said.
After Rahe asked for clarification as to what is a special event, the resorts confirmed that meant within their resort and not with the All Star Ballpark Heaven Resort.
The letter also claims Cooperstown struggles for parking, it said: "In spite of having outlets and trolley service, there is no parking available in the downtown area."
"One of the issues that the Chamber of Commerce said was there is a parking issue downtown, but what a great problem to have," Rahe said.
The letter also predicts restaurants will have to decide whether they want to cater to their regular customers or the baseball people.
Country Junction owner, Tom King says it would be similar to the traffic he saw in the 90's.
"We didn't have to adapt to it, it was just good for business," King noted.
Rahe believes the letter is more than just informational, it is a scare tactic.
"It's just to bad, you know, don't try to scare people. " Said Rahe.
KCRG attempted to contact the writers of the letter, The Citizens against Baseball Project Baseball Heaven, through an e-mail address provided in the letter, but were unable to because that address did not exist or was taken down.
Letter Circulates against Proposed Field Of Dreams Complex