Developer Jim Rhodes bought land atop an old mine that borders on the national recreation area at Red Rock. After lawsuits and many protests, the County Commission knows that it has to strike a deal with Rhodes if it wants to protect Red Rock from further development. Now a swap deal may be in sight to finally settle the matter.
It offends me no end that government at all levels presumes to tell the legal owner of the land in question, Mr. Rhodes, what he can or cannot do with *his* land. While I appreciate the Red Rock Canyon area as much as anyone, I'd suggest that if the people in Blue Diamond, or the Friends of Red Rock, or whoever, don't want Mr. Rhodes to build on land he owns on top of Blue Diamond Mountain, they should get together and put their money where their whining mouths are, i.e. simply buy it from him. Basic economics guarantees that there is a price at which he would gladly sell that land to them.Tom Hurst –Jan 25, 2013 14:17:42 PM
The question has been brought up about the value of the land.
From a private development standpoint, who knows? Maybe lots, maybe nothing.
But my hope is that BLM and congress can see this from a public standpoint.
Because putting a city on top of that mountain is the difference between having a quiet giant and a bustling bully in the middle of the canyon.
Right now, the mountain stands as a peaceful protector from the light and noise of the city.
Preserving that is preserving Red Rock and that is priceless.Heather fisher –Jan 24, 2013 09:22:58 AM