Proposal would build camp sites in Thermal for Coachella
Photo: Video by kmir6.com
A community is in controversy and at the center of that controversy is whether or not a portion of an unincorporated area of Thermal known as Vista Santa Rosa should become campsites for the upcoming Coachella Fest.
KMIR Channel 6 received a call in our newsroom asking us to investigate a proposal that would create more than 600 campsites for both Coachella Fest and Stagecoach Festival goers.
The area in question is considered largely agricultural and many people living in the community are against it.
The proposed 20-acre campsite sits on Jackson St. between Avenue 54 and Airport Blvd. in Thermal.
"Theres things that are going to change in the desert gradually, the tennis tounrnament, the Coachella Fest. I mean, all this stuff has grown and the area has grown with it,” says project representative Robert Wilkinson.
And while some welcome the change, others aren't so keen on the idea.
"We love the Coachella Fest and we think it’s a great opportunity for folks; we just dont want it in our face,” says concerned resident Gayle Cady.
She says she’s worried about more than just destroying the land but also the cleanliness of festival goers. She worries there will not be sufficient facilities such as water, food, bathroom and shower capability.
"We're concerned about facilities for hygeine, water, dust. The fact that it's agricultural land-- what it might do to that-- spoil it,” says Cady.
Wilkinson says residents have nothing to worry about.
"We have security on site. We have a medical team on site as well,” says Wilkinson.
He says the site will have more than 70 Porta Pooty’s, food service trucks, a picnic area and more than 100 showers that will stream water from a house on the lot.
"They’re temporary, they're the kind that you pull in that are bassically trailer rigs with ten shower units per trailer,” says Wilkinson.
He says the facilities are exactly what the County is directing them to have.
Still Cady is standing by her ground.
"Sometimes at a Coachella Fest there is drinking and smoking and all that is great and perfect but not in this particular community,” adds Cady.
The land is owned by a well known dentist in the area, Raymond Brown, who is deceased..
There will be financial gain for those owners as each camp space is rented. There is till no word on the cost of each space.