I read the stories from last fall about wedding venues in Stanislaus County with empathy for the small-business owners trying to make a living in our overly bureaucratic county. Once again ("Wedding venues ordinance is rejected," Jan. 30, Page B-1), the county could only say "no" instead of trying find a solution.
I'm reviewing and signing a wedding venue contract for my daughter's wedding for this fall. The venue cost will be in excess of $35,000 and out-of-town guests will occupy more than 40 hotel rooms and eat in local restaurants. As a 20-year Stanislaus County resident, I'm sad to say the wedding will be held in San Joaquin County.
THOMAS J. BAUER
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