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Good morning COGS E-News Reader.  Last night was a night for celebratory fireworks in the Kiva (city hall).  The 7-0 vote of the Scottsdale City Council protected a remaining high Sonoran Desert 50 acres that features huge boulders, majestic saguaros and the stunning Diamond Mountain from intense development.  Homeowners’ investments near Desert Summit and inside the Dynamite Character Area near 110th Street and Jomax were also protected from an abrupt change from its current Rural ESLO--one home per 5 acres.  The proposed project consumed more than four months of neighborhoods organizing to communicate and negotiate with the land owner. Finally (and frustrated) 100% of the adjacent property owners signed and submitted a Legal Protest.  This required greater than a majority vote of city council to approve the project. The Planning Commissioner hearing also rejected the project by a 4 to 1 vote and sent this recommendation to the city council to deny the application to develop the acreage as proposed.  COGS is very proud of the well-planned and factual presentations of each community speaker at the hearing microphones. Every city council member got it right last night. Thank you.

WHAT TO DO JULY 4TH—stay in Scottsdale.  Experience YOUR WestWorld facility this Saturday in air-conditioned comfort. There is a FREE ZONE with “Frozen” land, live music, Grand Prix Gatsby-era racing on a track for ages 16 years and older, video-game trucks, mutton busting,  bull riding, an extreme trampoline show plus music and theater performances. Buy a wristband to challenge the obstacle courses, slides, a zip line, bounce house, mechanical bull and bungee run. Consider buying the family 4-pack for $120 that includes access to ALL activities, all you can eat food and bleacher seating for the fireworks.

PRICES: $17, $12 in advance $6 for Scottsdale resident and free for children 5 yrs and younger  For fee activity wristbands are $20 and $10 for each additional child 6 yrs or older $5 for 5 yrs and younger

Fireworks will begin at 9 pm.  Food and drinks will be sold.  Hours are 2 pm to 9:30 pm this Saturday, 4 July. WestWorld is located at 16601 North Pima Road—just east of the 101 loop.

REMEMBER—NO FIREWORKS OF ANY KIND WITHIN ONE MILE OF THE city’s McDowell Sonoran Desert Preserve.  We do not want our natural vegetation city preserve to go up in flames.

Thank you for reading our newsletter and for forwarding it to anyone who wants to be informed on city happenings.

     For the Coalition of Greater Scottsdale (COGS) Board of Directors, 

     Sonnie Kirtley, Chair e-mail 

     Coalition of Greater Scottsdale

     8924 E. Pinnacle Peak Rd., Suite G5, PMB 518

     Scottsdale, AZ 85250

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