Of all the hair-brained schemes out there, this is not one. We have an ugly ditch that could be beautiful greenway right through the heart of the City. 2 golf courses of water, 2 million a year... that sounds totally reasonable.
We are currently dumping large amounts of effluent in the river (further downstream) as well as vast quantities of CAP water in pits in Avra Valley for recharge. The Santa Cruz sounds like a great place to recharge some CAP water.
While I applaud efforts of some in the ranching industry to shake off a past of land destruction, sketchy business practices, direct killing of most large wildlife, and political strangle-holds, this is unfortunately still a rare breed.
Most of southern AZ is still heavily degraded by continued intensive grazing, causing the disappearance of grasslands, erosion of the best soil, and general loss of biomass, biodiversity, and enjoyable recreation opportunities.
While any cattle grazing in this region causes land degradation over no cattle grazing, better practices by a few ranchers can keep land in relatively healthy state. I am very thankful for efforts like restoration, returning fire to grasslands, protecting threatened species, and fighting development and of course terrible plans like a giant gas pipeline through southern AZ's premier semi-desert grassland valley.
Since no one else has said it... I hate the whole idea of a development out there. The coastline from Kino Bay to Rocky Point is beautiful, full of wildlife, and wonderfully remote... and should remain that way! There's plenty of beachfront covered by ugly condos elsewhere.
Whether a scam or not, the plan was ludicrous from the start. Anyone who has been out there knows how remote the place is. It's certainly not somewhere a normal U.S. investor would feel comfortable going. It's harder to find a more remote place without good road access in the southwest.
Building a resort of that size with absolutely no access to any amenities (not even fresh water) or a real town is just not realistic. The nearest real town is Caborca 60 miles away as the crow flies and substantially longer by land, all on bumpy dirt roads. The road to near Kino Bay goes the wrong way (away from the US) and is sort of paved, but falling apart. I'll believe in the 'new highway' only when I see it with my own eyes.
See what I wrote about this many years ago here: http://www.old.wildsonora.com/ws/puerto_li…
Perfect commentary on the situation. Ron made the wrong decision for the country, for AZ, AND for his re-election. He needs to represent the realities along the border to DC, not pander to tea-baggers who aren't voting for him anyways.
Hey LawelessBorders... the piece was on border violence on the U.S. side... not about desperate people on your doorstep. Did you even read the piece? The reality of relatively and surprisingly low amounts of violence on the U.S. side is fact. Yes, there are lots of starving, freezing and hurting migrants... nobody is disputing that.
I bet I've spent way more time on the border than you... I've seen plenty of Narcos with guns in Sonora... loads of drugs... Ten of thousands of migrants.... this is reality. No amount of Border Patrol or walls will stop it. The only thing that will stop the drugs is if you stop buying them. The only thing that will stop migrants is less disparity of wealth.
Thanks for the reality check. It's interesting to note how most people/politicians blowing hot air about border violence either live in Ohio or live in Phoenix and have never set foot near the border, on either side.
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