This just in: CEDO Intercultural Settles it's Two-Year Land Dispute with the Clifton-Meridian Development Co.
Puerto Peñasco, Sonora, March 23, 2007 - On March 22, 2007, the Intercultural Center for the Study of Deserts and Oceans (CEDO), and Clifton-Meridian Development Co. signed a compromise agreement ending a two-year dispute over property rights in Puerto Peñasco, Sonora.
Conflicts with Clifton-Meridan over ownership of the CEDO properties began in 2004 and peaked in July 2006, after Patrick Clifton of the Clifton-Meridian Development Co. purchased adjacent properties for its Las Fuentes del Mar development project from the Desert Development Foundation (DDF) now known as the Seawater Foundation.
As part of the settlement CEDO will retain approximately five acres of the property it has used to conduct environmental activites on since 1980 and has agreed to purchase the property in its upper level area that Las Fuentes has designated for one condominium. Clifton-Meridian has agreed to cover much of CEDO's legal costs for the settlement.
To cover closing costs, taxes and purchase of the property, CEDO will need to raise $250,000 by the end of this year in order to secure it's property rights and future. The parents of developer Patrick Clifton, long time supporters and friends of CEDO have offered to help with these fundraising efforts.
(Here's the AZ Daily Star's coverage)