We received two HUGE endorsements for a public vote. Former Scottsdale Mayor Mary Manross. And, Dr. Art DeCabooter. Dr. DeCabooter is a current DDCS Board Member, and 3-term Chairman of the Preserve Commission!
Mayor Manross and Dr. DeCabooter bring home an important truth — support for the Desert Edge and support for a public vote are not mutually exclusive!
These two leaders were critical in the successful creation of our McDowell Sonoran Preserve.
The magnitude of the Desert Edge proposal and its impact on the Preserve have led both to issue statements in support of a public vote. Or as the Mayor suggests, locating the project outside of the Preserve boundary.
“I support the Desert Edge but also I am a supporter of letting the voters decide.”
— Dr. Art DeCabooter, DDCS Board Member
“This creative project is dependent on Preserve tax dollars for financing and on being located inside the boundary of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. Scottsdale citizens never contemplated using those dollars for this very complex project with many commercial uses inside the Preserve! The Desert Discovery Center project (Desert EDGE) should be constructed OUTSIDE the McDowell Sonoran Preserve and should NOT be financed with Preserve tax dollars.”
— Former Scottsdale Mayor Mary Manross, 45-year Scottsdale Resident