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PGA Withdraws Golf Resort Plan

August 2, 2002

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SAN ANTONIO (AP) _ Citing opposition from environmentalists and residents, the PGA withdrew its support of a golf resort slated for construction atop the city’s main source of drinking water.

City leaders then voted unanimously late Thursday to kill the project.

A coalition fighting the proposed development had collected more than 77,400 signatures on petitions opposing the PGA Village resort, forcing the council to either overturn the deal or place the matter on the ballot in November.

Opponents maintained that the project would risk tainting the Edwards Aquifer with golf-course runoff and other pollutants.

Mayor Ed Garza received a letter from the Professional Golfers’ Association of America Thursday withdrawing its support for the resort and saying developer Lumbermen’s Investment Corp. no longer wanted to pursue the project as approved in April.

The PGA and Lumbermen’s proposed building three golf courses, two luxury hotels and more than 3,000 residential units.

``It’s a sad day for the city of San Antonio,″ Councilman Carroll Schubert, an outspoken proponent of the 2,861-acre resort, said in a story in Friday’s editions of the San Antonio Express-News, adding that he reluctantly supported killing the project.

In a letter to Lumbermen’s, PGA chief executive Jim Awtrey said the group does not want to be involved ``in an issue that is creating so much controversy and divisiveness within the San Antonio community.″

Lumbermen’s insisted the development would protect the aquifer, which feeds Texas’ largest springs, by installing an advanced drainage system to catch runoff.

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