Voter turnout was sparse Tuesday as Mesa residents went to the polls for a single issue in a special election involving the construction of a resort and super-water park in East Mesa.
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Proposition 300 aims to devote 125 acres of the Riverview Golf Course and four softball fields, located near the Loop 101 and 202 freeways, to the construction of Waveyard, a source of family entertainment and residential living.
Bob Jones,76, served as a martial at the polling site at Velda Rose United Methodist Church. He said only a small percentage of registered voters came out, and said most of them appeared to be older than 50.
“Everyone has a right to vote and everyone should vote,” Jones said. “That’s why I’m here.”
Bridget Grimes, 50, said voting is important to her because Waveyard will bring a “positive influx of income” to the city.
“I think we really screwed up with the arena,” Grimes said about the voter-rejected plan several years ago to build the new Arizona Cardinals stadium in Mesa, which led to its location in Glendale.
As for Waveyard:
“I probably will never use it, but it will help with the city,” Grimes said. “I think the city is going downhill, and this will bring a positive influx on it.”
69-year-old Donna Carlson said the proposition was important to her because she is “totally against it.”
“I think it is a huge waste of water,” Calson said, “and there are too many unanswered questions. I don’t like the tearing up of the golf course and ball fields not knowing where they will go.
“Anybody that can afford to fly in and see that (the Waveyard) can afford to go to San Diego and see the real thing.”
Carlson also said she doesn’t trust the developers behind the proposal, Scottsdale businessmen Jerry Hug and Richard Mladick, enough to invest in their creation.
Others liked that it would eventually bring in money for the city.
“Sounds like it will bring in tax money,” Jerry Hansen, 44, said. “You always have to be concerned about water. We live in a desert.
“From what I read it won’t be using anymore water than the golf course.”
Carl Andrews, 45, also said Mesa “blew it” by turning down the Cardinals stadium, and that Mesa needs the new park to bring in some money.
“Riverview is a piece of crap,” Andrews said. “I just want Mesa to do something right for once.”
Andrews said the scuba lagoon is one amenity he is looking forward to if Waveyard is built.
“It would be nice, he said. “I haven’t done that in a long time.”