If you don’t follow San Antonio news, you probably have no idea what I’m talking about, but here it goes.
The PGA (the “major league” of American golf) proposed the building of a “PGA Village” in San Antonio. This golf resort would be one of the best destinations for golf in the nation. It will be only the second one in the United States. Any city worth its weight in dirt would jump at the chance to bring this economic and publicity boon to the city.
I guess San Antonio isn’t worth its weight in dirt.
The groups named above (COPS/METRO Alliance/Save Our Aquifer), for various reasons, are defying the city council (elected by voters, mind you) and its no-brainer decision to endorse the deal by starting a petition drive for signatures to put the PGA issue on the November ballot. The PGA has pulled the plug on the deal, citing the probability of a messy campaign, and the tainting of the PGA’s good name.
So, the developer, Lumberman’s Development, must go with Plan B, and will, in all probability, plop a subdivision on the site.
So, the end result is this:
- San Antonio turns down (stupidly) one of the greatest development deals in its history. We lose a great resort for golfers around the world.
- We miss out on more jobs for San Antonians.
- Instead of a PGA development and golf resort, which would maintain some of the highest environmental standards in the world, we get 2000-4000 extra homes filled with folks dumping antifreeze down storm drains. THAT’S environmentally friendly! :rolleyes:
And San Antonians don’t even get to vote on the issue! A few environmental alarmists ruin the oppertunity to attract a world-class golf resort for the rest of us! Yes, they did collect enough signatures to force a referendum. But there have been reports that these people did everything humanly possible to get those signatures. Many were fron out-of-district areas that aren’t eligible to vote in the elections. These folks made kids sign the petitions as proxies for their parents. “Oh, trust me. They would sign this anyway, honey. You do want clean water, don’t you? THAN SIGN!” they say.
I guess these people haven’t considered the fact that 4000 families will do a lot more damage to the Edwards Aquifer than a few golf courses run by the PGA, a company with impeccable records in environmental responsibility.
Oh, and San Antonio just started flouridating water. We were the largest city yet to do so. Some alarmists are going around proclaiming the evils of “toxic waste being pumped into our water supply.” The plan is to raise the concentration from 0.3 ppm to 0.7 ppm. Studies have shown repeatedly that flouride helps prevent tooth decay in children. Any dentist worth his/her DDS supports this plan.
So, congratulations to whichever city ends up with the world-class PGA Village Golf Resort. I hope the enjoyment your city has exceeds the ignorance my city has.