Monday, July 06, 2009

Land Development Concept: "The American Riviera Project"

Hello All,

Although unofficially the "America Riviera" is considered the "Santa Barbara" coastline off of California. This concept will deal more with something else quite differently in geographic location of the United States.

What I have in mind is when I originally wrote this concept back in December 2007. (yes, this is another archived concept from my collection of notebooks) Back in late 2007 is when the Category 5 to 3 hurricane of "Katrina" first struck South Florida through Miami-Dade and Broward counties. Then continuing in its wayward course through the Everglades and out into the Gulf of Mexico. Where it made direct impact onto the depleted barrier islands or marshlands of the Louisiana coastline. Smacking into "New Orleans" as a category 3 hurricane and flooding portions of this American iconic city.

That in brief is the trepid history of Hurricane "Katrina". Which is another name that will live in infamy for the decades to come along the Gulf Coast of America.

However with foresight and hopefully a lack of corruption and/or of incompetence. A project like the "American Riviera" could be developed with the necessary vision and competence needed. Inter-connected municipalities like links in a chain would consist of the "American Riviera Project". From the cities of Key West all the way dotting along to New Orleans.

As a much needed environmental sustainability component restoration of the Florida Everglades would continue to receive additional private dollar funding. At least in the portion of the Everglades from Key West to Naples which is pristine and undeveloped. It'll stay that way for generations to come as a natural wonder. Another environmental sustainability location would be the barrier islands or marshlands off the coast of Louisiana. That after decades of neglect or underfunded mandates the "American Riviera Project" would hopefully complete past empty promises or pledges from the Federal / State Governments. Where by re-nourishment of such marshlands would be a high priority to help ensure as a natural barrier, for the land development to come along the Gulf Coast of America.

Once the environmental sustainability and mitigation factors are being addressed and confronted. Years ahead of breaking any ground for land development. Although during this environmental re-nourishment period there is plenty of work to be done. Gaining much needed private financing for the projects to come and the Federal / State / Municipality permits to undergo such a project.

When actual land development can commence after the environmental, legal, and additional funding has been secured. Than similar to how the "Chunnel" project that connected France and England via the "English Channel" can be approached. Where land development in this case would commence from Key West / Naples and simultaneously at New Orleans. Starting at both end points where each link in the chain of municipalities will eventually meet in the middle.

Another cornerstone of the "American Riviera Project" is any jobs generated stay local. Be it with environmentalists to the local Corp of Army Engineers if required. If any additional engineering or architectural planning must be done abroad, OK. However all boots on the ground must be resourced locally so as to help convince Local / State governments. Of the sincerity of any jobs and tax revenue created will stay local when under going the permitting process and the sourcing of local contractors if any are nearby. (if not contracted by the region)

What the "American Riviera Project" will entail is the redevelopment of the battered or neglected Gulf Coast of the United States. Redevelopment will help ensure local economies will get a boost by creating and attracting: Tourist, Hospitality / Casino, Industrial, Research Firms to invest in these locales. The Industrial / Research components would consist of new industries of manufacturing that the 21st century will demand. If not academic and technological research requirements that helped pioneer America as a super power in the former 20th Century. State Government "Tax Breaks" and other private industry incentives from the collaborators of the "American Riviera Project" will lure such institutions to the region. If they are already located in such a portion of the Gulf Coast States than they are ensured that they will stay. Aiding them in their continued outgrowth of their preexisting facilities and complexes.

The whole concept of the "American Riviera Project" is to foster a renewal of America along the Gulf of Mexico US States. That have either been neglected by Government or Private Self-Interests if not the damaging effects that Hurricanes Katrina has left in its wake for potentially decades to come.

Do we have the Courage and Foresight similar to what Eisenhower initiated with "The U.S. Interstate Highway System"? Or is such an American vision left behind dead in the 20th century as history only and no more?