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Salton Sea Town Very Much Alive

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Despite scientists predicting that the Salton Sea is on the fast track to drying up and spawning epic dust storms of the apocalyptic variety, Riverside County officials believe "People are going to want to live around the sea" and have held a second hearing to discuss approval of the Travertine Point development (the town would span the Riverside/ Imperial County border). The project would sprawl across 5,000 acres bordering the dying lake, with residential areas, a marina and resort, schools, retail, and open space for recreation. Developer Black Emerald insists the project is completely sustainable and won't suffer the same fate as the area's poorly planned vacation developments of the fifites and sixties, which had become ghost towns by the seventies. [California Planning and Development Report]