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Archive for July, 2006

Education center needs help to survive attacks
" With a 26year track record of letting folks know about the interaction of arid ecosystems, wetlands and wildlife biology in the western U.S.Mexico border region, CEDO is the only nongovernmental conservation organization in Puerto Peñasco. Its academic, research, and didactical programs are an important cornerstone of the community, especially now that Mexico's secondfastest growing tourist destination is precisely here.

Puerto Peñasco's reason for being is the fishing in the Upper Gulf of California, notably shrimping. The oncesleepy fishing village also holds a place in the hearts of snow birds and related foreign visitors who named it Rocky Point. Long before Puerto Peñasco's current boom made it known as Arizona's beach resort, CEDO was the main cultural attraction and motor of sustainable development initiatives here.

But now it looks like the very same boom that aims to capitalize on the appreciation for the natural wonders that CEDO teaches is undermining the research institute. Early this month, the Scottsdale, Arizonabased CliftonMeridian Corp. erected a chainlink fence at the entryway to CEDO's main building. The action was the first in a series of threats that come as part of the company's intended construction of 38 condominiums in the 16acre, US$1.5 million Fuentes del Mar development, being undertaken together with the Seawater Foundation. "

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' Developer, environmentalists clash in Puerto Penasco ', from the San Diego Union Tribune
The future of a prime beachfront parcel in the booming Gulf of California community of Puerto PeNasco has brought a showdown between a well-respected environmental group with strong U.S. ties that is housed on the site and a U.S. developer who wants to build condominiums there.

While a Mexican judge considers their claims to the land, the bulldozers have been stopped outside the enclave operated by the 26-year-old group, CEDO A.C., or Center for the Study of Deserts and Oceans, inside the upscale Las Conchas development south of town.

"It's the last piece of property in the middle of what is the most desirable area within Puerto Peñasco," said Las Fuentes del Mar developer Patrick Clifton, who has purchased 13 acres of the 17-acre site, and has plans for 47 town-house villas.

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