To the Editor:
Our community is facing a momentous decision that will affect Fish Camp for many years to come, perhaps forever. The fate of our meadow, a virgin wetland, is in the hands of the Mariposa County Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors.
They are being asked to extend old permits again by Palm Springs Village. This developer has owned this watershed property for 2 years. They have never done a hospitality build before and are relying on the designs that were drawn up by Pacificus 15 years ago.
Fish Camp residents have been fighting this plan for 15 years? Why? What made Fish Camp oppose this development in and out of court for 15 years? If the image of a mega hotel rising out of the meadow surrounded by parking lots is not enough to make your hair stand up, contemplate polluted water. WATER. The water supply for much of Fish Camp residents will be degraded. The wells will be compromised. The environmental impact to this Yosemite watershed once initiated cannot be undone.
Are you now thinking that Palm Springs should find another place to make their venture into hospitality? It’s a long way from the desert to the Sierras.
We already have a beautiful large hotel buffered from the road by large trees. The hotel was carefully located away from residential areas and has no impact on existing wells.
What is the motivation for extending these outdated permits to rape rather than enhance the beauty of the south gate to Yosemite. BED TAX! Developers and politicians are only interested in ringing out every last dollar from our little community. What they leave in their wake is of no concern. Regulations and specific town plans are ignored. This short sighted and careless use of our natural resources will morally bankrupt us.
This time you can make the answer a good one!
There are 2 things you can do:
1. Email members of the MPA Planning Commission
2. Attend the hearing in Mariposa on the May 23rd
MPA Planning Commission
District 1 Les Marsden – CHAIR firstname.lastname@example.org
District 2 Mark Becker email@example.com
District 3 Heather Bernikoff firstname.lastname@example.org
District 4 Larry Harris email@example.com
District 5 Donn Harter, VICE CHAIR firstname.lastname@example.org
Thunder Ridge Co.
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Phone: 559/683-2521 Mobile: 559/676-8276
P O Box 160
7573 Forest Dr.
Fish Camp, CA 93623