California city nixes desert surf lagoon plan amid drought

LA QUINTA, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California desert city rejected a proposal for a surf lagoon surrounded by hundreds of homes and hotel rooms after critics argued it’s the wrong project in the midst of a punishing Western drought.The city council in La Quinta, near Palm Springs, voted unanimously on Wednesday, Sept. 21 against a zoning change that would have permitted construction of the Coral Mountain project, including 600 homes and a hotel with up to 150 rooms.The 12-acre wave basin would have required 18 million gallons of water to fill.During a meeting lasting more than six hours, opponents cited concerns about the water use as well as light and noise, the Los Angeles Times reported.“We’re at a point in history where we cannot be freely wasteful of water,”
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