La Quinta City Council to continue discussions on surf park proposal at special meeting on July 5

Correction: An earlier version of this article stated that the July 5 meeting had been postponed. It was incorrect. The public meeting will still take place on Tuesday, July 5 from 4 p.m.

A special meeting will be held Tuesday on the controversial La Quinta surf park proposal. The meeting should start at 4 p.m.

The special city council meeting will follow on from the June 7 city council meeting. During this meeting, council members gathered to discuss a possible decision on the controversial Coral Mountain Resort project, however, after a 9-hour discussion, the council failed to come to a decision.

The council will debate it on Tuesday. Lawyers representing the developers sent a letter to the city last week asking for more time to assess comments made at the June 7 meeting.

“We need 60 days to complete our assessment and responses to comments we heard at the June 7 city council meeting and our meeting today with Lisa Castro and Alena Callimanis. Accordingly, we urging the city to postpone the hearing on the Coral Mountain Resort Project currently scheduled for July 5, 2022, and continue with it until the first available appointment in September

– James D. Vaughn, Esq.

City documents show that staff was going to recommend that the meeting be rescheduled for September 20 or another date in September.

At the meeting, City Council will determine whether the applicant’s request to postpone the meeting to September is granted.

For more information on Tuesday’s meeting, visit: https://www.laquintaca.gov/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/15062/31

Coral Mountain Resort would be built on approximately 400 acres of undeveloped space at the base of Coral Mountain. The resort would include a private 17-acre wave pool for surfers located just off Madison Street between 58 and 60 ave. The surf park experience would be open to development residents and hotel guests only at an expected cost of $10,000.

The private resort would also include 150 hotel rooms, 600 short-term vacation rentals and a variety of other leisure facilities.

The outspoken voice of residents has spawned dozens of hours of debate and public meetings.

Some potential neighbors have expressed concerns about high-rise lighting, traffic and noise pollution, and its use of water in the desert, as the state battles ongoing water shortages.

A city report says the project would have little impact.

READ: La Quinta surf park proposal faces wave of backlash, but city study finds little impact

Last month, News Channel 3 I-Team investigator Jeff Stahl learned that despite the declaration of a statewide drought and additional water restrictions, the Coachella Valley water supply is significantly better than most other parts of California.

It took three different meetings for the La Quinta Planning Commission to adopt the environmental impact report and part of the project for the city council to approve it.

Last year, the project developer sat down with News Channel 3’s Jake Ingrassia to address some of the residents’ concerns.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQVsFOYmLY8

The proponent also met with Jake Ingrassia to address concerns about the impact of the lighting on surrounding communities.

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