Salton Sea Site Closed
Water Irrigation Disctrict closes world famous Salton Sea Site to
What a shame. In a country as free as the United States claims to
be when publicly owned land, land that is only used for flood control, is put off limits to
citizens for recreational uses. This world-famous site, location of 4 Paratoys
conventions, has been
officially given the axe.
No more flying from the area we call "The Dome." Although the 2009
Paratoys site is ok to fly from, it's nowhere near as perfect as the
site that has been lost, especially for large gatherings but even for
more mundane gatherings or solo flying.
The reason given was insurance but it stemmed from
complaints about noise and an apparent spat between local pilots and a
This Enterprise Log
has more details on the story
but the gist is that we're no longer welcome at "the Dome" site which
is, in fact, not owned by the dome (actually, a property association)
but by the Imperial Irrigation District.
There are spots that can be flown from but the district owns big
chunks of land along the shore.
Pilots travel there weekly to fly and for good reason. It's perfect,
fly all day weather. They can still do so but must now avoid all
Irrigation Disctrict land.
It appears they are not doling this out to all users, just the
What a travesty.
It's like telling the surfers in Hawaii that, "sorry about having to
close your one-in-a-million perfect place to surf, but we're afraid
you'll crash and sue us."
The Imperial Irrigation District can be reached at 760-339-9168.
Mike, the fellow who delivered the news, was apologetic saying that
it came "from the top." He was just the messenger and, in fact,
sympathized with our plight. He, they, had no idea how important this
site had become to our little group of adventurous American citizens.
If anyone is nearby and willing to attend a board meeting of the
district or help out in other ways, feel free to contact
firstname.lastname@example.org for more
information. Put "Salton Sea" in the address line.
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