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A developer’s proposal to build a surfing lagoon in the Coachella Valley desert has been rejected by the city of La Quinta after residents raised concerns about noise, lighting and the resort’s substantial water footprint in a time of severe drought.
The City Council’s five members voted unanimously Wednesday night against a zoning change that would have allowed the developer to build the resort and surf park.
Mayor Linda Evans said she loves the surf park concept and would like to see one built elsewhere in La Quinta eventually.
“I think this is a cool project,” Evans said. “But I don’t think it’s in the right location. And maybe the timing isn’t great because of the drought.”
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