The Covington News - - OPINION -

The film­ing in­dus­try and sub­se­quent tourism has been one of the few bright spots in our lo­cal econ­omy dur­ing th­ese re­cent down years.

As it has con­tin­ued to grow, we know that some res­i­dents and busi­nesses have oc­ca­sion­ally been in­con­ve­nienced from time to time, which has led to some frus­tra­tion.

The Cov­ing­ton mayor and coun­cil were wise to ap­point a com­mit­tee to re­view the is­sues and sug­gest some poli­cies for film­ing in our city; how­ever, we need to re­mem­ber that this com­mit­tee is only tasked with mak­ing sug­ges­tions. Any pol­icy changes that af­fect lo­cal film­ing rightly fall on the shoul­ders of the city coun­cil.

We hope that the coun­cil does not set too strict of rules in place based on the loud cries of only a mi­nor­ity of lo­cal ci­ti­zens that would in any en­dan­ger our re­la­tion­ship with the film­ing in­dus­try.

Of course, if there are abuses they surely need to be worked out, and we be­lieve they can be worked out with­out im­ple­ment­ing stran­gling reg­u­la­tions.

We have to keep in mind that one of the rea­sons the in­dus­try came here in the first place is be­cause of the ever-in­creas­ingly strict reg­u­la­tions they faced in Cal­i­for­nia.

Let’s not un­nec­es­sar­ily hin­der an in­dus­try that is cur­rently lay­ing the prover­bial golden egg in our com­mu­nity.

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