As a Fairview resident living approximately half a mile from The Cliffs at High Carolina and the Tiger Woods golf course, now under construction: Please hear our cries!
We, along with all residents of the Spring Mountain community, rely totally on wells and springs for our homes. Western North Carolina is in an extreme drought (see: www.ncdrought.org). We appeal to your sense of world community and respect for the seriousness of this situation. The duration of this drought is very concerning to all of us in Buncombe County. Now, the planned Tiger Woods golf course will require enormous volumes of water every day to construct and sustain, as well as the large estates to be built on this 3,000-acre development site.
Our neighborhood may already be impacted. Just three weeks after The Cliffs began excavating on our side of the mountain, a neighbor at the top of the ridge lost his spring. This same neighbor now has to haul his water up the mountain to his home. Who is next?
We are scared, not only for the loss of our well water, but also for the contamination of our wells from the chemicals that may be used on this golf course and development. We have been given no guarantee from the developer, Jim Anthony, that none will be used. We are all downhill from The Cliffs.
Additionally, we now have bear sightings on a regular basis as they continue to lose their habitat. How will The Cliffs at High Carolina remedy their situation?
In the spirit of conservation and reasoning, we plead to you to let common sense prevail. It’s not too late to stop this madness. We are, after all, stewards of the Earth. Let’s act like it.
The world has enough golf courses, and fewer and fewer nature preserves. I propose The Tiger Woods Nature Preserve. Now that’s a proud legacy we can all live with.
— Cindy Hady