Our View: When it comes to progress, Lake Havasu City does it right

March 24, 2019

It took 50 short years for a businessman’s crazy idea to transform a muddy spot on the Colorado River into a thriving community. In another 50 years, Havasu will no doubt look a lot different from the city we know and love today. Change is inevitable in every community, but Lake Havasu City has been fortunate that its change has been guided by steady hands over the years. We’ve weathered the bad times and embraced the good ones, all the while holding fast to the community values that define us. That’s what we call progress.

Our city is embarking on one of the most ambitious periods in its relatively young life, and it’s going to take that same resolve and commitment of the last five decades to ensure that the Havasu of 2069 is prosperous, comfortable and inviting as it is today.

There’s plenty to be excited about. The Havasu Riviera, with its 250-acre master planned community, a 300-room resort hotel, a 200-slip marina, botanical gardens, and a lakeside restaurant, will transform this community.

Recent ownership changes at The Shops at Lake Havasu, Havasu’s version of a shopping mall, are a nod to the nation’s rapidly changing retail environment and an attempt to ensure longevity for local businesses and jobs.

And we’re seeing slow progress on three projects identified a couple of years ago when Lake Havasu City was declared one of America’s Best Communities. Thanks to the $2 million prize that came with the designation, Havasu will soon be home to an innovative downtown gathering space, a co-work center and an environmental learning center.

It’s an exciting time to be a Havasu resident, and things are only going to get better.

— Today’s News-Herald