Developmental cancer...
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Growing up in Moab, I remember riding up the dump road on my Suzuki 125 trail bike. As I crested the ridge, riding past the old dump, I’d breathe a sigh of relief knowing that I had entered the beginnings of the desert area north of town.

Usually I am pleased to see reasonable development in Moab. But in the case of the proposed Lionsback Resort, even given the State Trust Lands status of the area in question, I have to say I am saddened by the possibility of a massive hotel complex near the Lionsback. Sorry guys, but this just doesn’t feel right.

I know I have no personal right to dictate what happens to the area in question and I’m probably late to the party on being informed about the proposed hotel, but in this case, I’m leaning towards the greener, (as green as it can be in that area anyway) less-impact side of this issue. I’m afraid that as I crest the ridge on the Sand Flats Road and find a massive hotel staring me in the face, I will be less than pleased with the view.

I can’t help but feel that this is a good example of the “developmental cancer” I’ve seen spreading over the Moab area over the past 40 years. Just because you can build a hotel — or whatever complex there — doesn’t mean that it should be built there.

This statement, in my opinion, applies to many other places that I’ve seen in the Moab area also. Maybe I’m too nostalgic about Moab but I still cherish and value the free non-development tainted vistas such as they are. But I suppose if you have substantial monetary investment and expectations of return on that investment, you might have a different viewpoint from the crest of the ridge as you pass the old dump. Perhaps we as a species should ask ourselves if this type of development is really progress, or something else. Too radical a view? I don’t think so.


—Bruce Hammer

Manti, Utah

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