The proposed Trinidad Ranchera is a major project for the seaside city in northern California on Indian land. The project is on the table at the Trinidad City Council that recently met to consider the large Hyatt hotel to be constructed next to the Cher-Ae Heights Casino. They addressed public concern about the environmental impact.
Among the chief opponents is the Humboldt Alliance for Responsible Planning, known as HARP. Despite being given ample design details, they are not convinced. The group maintains their negative position.
They know that the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) gave word to the Coastal Commission that project planning is complete. Their request for a hearing has been postponed until late this summer when the official body meets in the area so that the public can take part in the process. The commission wants all design changes in hand to properly assess the impact of the Trinidad Ranchera.
A March 11 letter written to the BIA indicates the considerable local interest that requires addressing. The local media have been reporting the controversy. The Coastal Commission wants to maximize hearing attendance and requests a future date to ensure participation. The commission will meet in Salinas in April, but the town is 400 miles from Trinidad. Thus, they are hoping for an extension until August.
A version of this article first appeared at lostcoastoutpost.com