Proposed surf park in California desert is rejected by La Quinta City Council
Council voted 7-0 against the project but has to reconsider
The California desert is a natural treasure, from hiking trails and scenic views to the world’s largest sand dune at the south end of Death Valley National Park.
But the deserts in the state are hotbeds of illegal mining, with thousands of trucks hauling ore from the region, mostly from the remote Pajaro Basin, where the United States has the second largest concentration of gold and silver mines in the nation.
The Pajaro Gold Mining Company, the largest operation in the area, is looking to expand, with new mines and more land.
It wants to build a massive industrial complex in the desert that would have everything from a mine, a processing plant and a hotel.
The company wants the project on 300 acres near the city of La Quinta, where an existing housing subdivision stands in the way.
But the city council has rejected the plans for the development, which has the backing of the Sierra Club and environmental groups.
But now the company is trying to force the council to reconsider the decision.
“A lot of our elected officials would rather be in Washington, D.C. than here in La Quinta, so we’ve had to work very hard to get them to understand we’re serious about this development,” said Michael Lohrke, the general manager of the mine. “We’ve created the environment the council has to deal with, and we’ve told them we have the capital behind us, and we’re waiting to negotiate the terms of our development with them, and it’s been a lot of work.”
The company has been looking for an agreement for nearly five years, but they have yet to get it and the council has yet to get it on their own terms
But the company has found allies in the city, as well.
“We have to go to the very end of the road to get the council to accept the project,” said Councilwoman Brenda Anderson. “This is the last opportunity before them to accept the project.”
“If we don’t do it, I don’t know where we go from here,” she said. “But for now, we’re just going to put up more hurdles for them to