Frank Chisari | Crest Road
I believe there are valid, community-oriented, arguments on both sides of this issue; however, I come down against Measure G because I revere our beloved Community Plan and I want to preserve it intact for future generations, especially the very first of its enduring Goals. Unfortunately, I have concluded that, on balance, the Marisol project is irreparably antithetical to the first Goal’s objectives.
Goal 1 reads as follows:
ESTABLISH WITHOUT DELAY A COMPREHENSIVE PROGRAM TO PRESERVE AND ACQUIRE PERMANENT OPEN SPACE SUFFICIENT TO MEET THE LONG-RANGE NEEDS OF THE COMMUNITY, PRESERVE AND ENHANCENATURAL RESOURCES, AND PROTECT AREAS AND PEOPLE SUSCEPTIBLE TO SEISMIC AND FLOODING HAZARDS.
The heart and soul of Goal 1 of our Community Plan is preservation of open space by adhering to the following objectives and policies:
• “Preserve, as City-owned open space, areas desirable as City parks and preserves.”
• “Preserve and where necessary acquire easements for the protection of access to the beach and other public open space.”
• “Ensure that future development results in a minimum disturbance of existing or natural terrain and vegetation and does not create soil erosion, silting of lower slopes, slide damage, flooding problems and/or severe cutting or scarring.”
Despite all the potential benefits of the Marisol evelopment for Del Mar’s coffers and low-income housing obligations, there is no way that I can square the objectives of our Community Plan with the extent to which this gargantuan resort will:
(a) destroy the natural environment of the bluff;
(b) disembowel millions of cubic yards of bluff sandstone;
(c) cover many acres of currently open ground with impervious material that will prevent absorption of surface water and (d) ultimately pollute our lagoon and kill its precious life-forms;
(e) block sunlight from nurturing native plant growth;
(f) prevent ocean breezes from cooling a warming village; and
(g) attract hundreds or thousands of fossil fuel-dripping vehicles a day that will pollute the air and soil and, ultimately, the lagoon.
That’s why I’m voting NO on measure G.
I may be a dreamer but I think, if we all put our heads and our hearts and our wallets together, our community can come up with a better idea that preserves the spirit and the integrity of our Community Plan and serves the best interests of the citizens of Del Mar.