The Alpine City Council voted to shut down the Alpine Visitor’s Center. The Avalanche reports on it here.
In my opinion, this is a misstep. The visitor’s center serves a vital purpose for the small businesses that rely on it. Alpine is less competitive than its neighbors now.
For the investment of a cup of coffee and a shady place to sit, the visitors there will gladly pick up brochures and guides touting local businesses. In my mind, this is a very cost-effective use of the hotel/motel funds because it demonstrates the friendliness and hospitality that West Texans are known for. Now those visitors will just drive on to the next town to spend their money there.