What you need to know about the $2.4 billion Vineyard golf resort
A massive golf course on the coast of California is the subject of a federal lawsuit alleging the project violates federal environmental laws and threatens public health.
A federal judge in San Diego last week dismissed a lawsuit filed by the National Wildlife Federation, a group of conservationists and environmentalists who have been fighting the project for months.
The group argued that the project, built on land that was donated by the United States Navy and leased to the Vineyard Golf Resort, would pollute the California coast.
The lawsuit, filed in April 2016 by the NRF and a coalition of conservation groups, sought to prevent the Vineyards from building a new course on an area that had previously been developed into a resort.
The project would have added a large clubhouse and a new swimming pool, along with a golf course.
The Vineyards’ chief executive, Steve Kretzmann, has said that the resort would not be built in San Clemente because of concerns about marine life and the environment.
He has said the project will be the “most sustainable and environmentally responsible resort in the country.”
The case against the project was dismissed after Kretson, who is also president of the National Golf Association, said that it is “time to stop the hysteria” and that he wants to continue working with state and local governments.