1 Attend the Board of Adjustment hearings on October 21 and 28 in Gaither Hall.
The Montreat Board of Adjustment will consider the MRA's permit proposal at a public hearing scheduled for Thursday, October 21, 4:00-9:00 pm in Gaither Hall (Graham Chapel), continued if needed on October 28. Masks are required.
Because it is a quasi-judicial hearing similar to a court of law, detailed evidence will be considered. We understand that this is expected to carry on beyond one day. After all evidence is presented, the Board of Adjustment members will deliberate and make their decision in public.
In person-attendance is important to show the community's concern. If you are not able to attend in person, you can watch the hearing on the Town of Montreat's Zoom streaming.
2 Sign the petition to Stop the Hotel: CLICK HERE
3 Donate to support our work
4 Request a yard sign and red ribbons to show your support:
5 Write a letter to the editor (or guest column) for the Black Mountain or Asheville papers
The Black Mountain News is covering this issue closely, and will welcome letters or op-ed columns. Just let them know your connection to Montreat and why you think this hotel is bad for the area. Submissions should be under 400 words; email to firstname.lastname@example.org by Thursday at 5 pm for the next week's paper. Include name, hometown and a telephone number. More BMNews contact info here.
The Asheville Citizen-Times invites letters to the editor of 250 words or less. Include your name, mailing address, daytime telephone number and email address, and email to email@example.com. Op-eds are submitted the same way except they should be around 750 words and also include a one-sentence bio and head shot. Submissions might be edited for space and clarity. Phone: 828-232-5912
6 Send comments to the MRA Board Task Force @ firstname.lastname@example.org
In March the MRA Board appointed a task force to serve as the board’s representatives on this issue. Please send your opinions and questions to the MRA board at email@example.com. The task force will collect and review these communications.
The MRA Task Force includes members of the board’s executive committee and four additional board members (all cottagers): Aram Bae, Edna Banes, Amantha Barbee, Chris Boney, Harry Emerson, David Evans, Lewis Galloway, Taylor Lewis Guthrie Hartman, Will Jones, Helen Krone, Sally Miller, Ross Sloan, and Burnet Tucker (Chair).
7 Sign up to stay connected: There are two email lists we use to communicate, as noted on the petition:
The Stewards Updates List will send updates from the Montreat Stewards once or twice a month.
The Montreat Stewards Google Group receives more frequent news and allows those working against the proposed hotel to communicate with each other.
Email us at MontreatStewards@gmail.com and specify which list you want to join, and you will be added.
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