With no deaths due to COVID-19 in El Dorado County, the Board of Supervisors recently met and agreed it is time to reopen, California Globe recently reported.
South Lake Tahoe is unique: the city straddles the California-Nevada border. Part of the city is in California, and the rest of it is in Nevada, and the contrasts are stark.
Across the state line, the Nevada side is open for business: dine-in restaurants and eateries, boutiques, barbers and salons, brew pubs, ski shops and watercraft rentals, for rent to use on the lake as it opens.
KCRA reported on the little tyrant mayor of South Lake Tahoe, threatening no Memorial Day opening, no fireworks on July 4th, and maybe no Labor Day weekend.
It’s curious that Mayor Jason Collin doesn’t realize that his city is a tourist town, and cannot survive without… tourists.
Collin said he could not estimate when the city might reopen to tourists. “I can almost guarantee we won’t be open by Memorial Day,” he said.
Memorial Day weekend is the traditional kickoff to the summer season and a gauge for how business will be in the months that follow.
Memorial Day weekend is also when most cabin owners open up after the long winter.
South Lake Tahoe’s much anticipated annual Fourth of July Fireworks show has officially been canceled, according to Mayor Collin.
When asked if a Labor Day fireworks show is a certainty, Collin said, “we’re not exactly sure.”
Collin said, “This will definitely not be a normal summer in Tahoe.”
No it won’t be a normal Lake Tahoe summer as visitors drive right past all of the shuttered California side shops, restaurants, motels, and businesses on Lake Tahoe Blvd., across the border to the Nevada side where casinos, hotels and fun await them.
With Mayor Jason Collin’s term up in November 2020, perhaps he will have a challenger.