Coral Mountain to demonstrate light noise for neighbors

Coral Mountain’s planned Kelly Slater Wave Co. tank in the desert east of Los Angeles will stage a light demonstration to show neighbors how the surf park will affect the area. The action is in response to the neighborhood group La Quinta Residents for Responsible Development opposing projects near their housing developments.

One issue neighbors raised on a menu of concerns was light pollution. Once completed, the wave pool will have two 80-foot light poles at the surf tank. For the test, lights will be placed via a boom at a similar height on November 17 from 7 pm to 8 pm.

“This will represent a height of 80 feet above the final grade at that location,” consulting planner to the city Nicole Sauviat Criste told The Desert Sun.

The first Kelly Slater wave tech outside of Lemoore ran into trouble for the development when neighbors complained that the project would increase traffic, noise and specifically that the wave pool will create “a never-ending cycle of sporting events and other party festival-like attractions.” City council has allowed Coral Mountain to have four events per year. You can read more about the opposition here.

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Architect’s sketch of the Kelly Slater wave pool planned for the Coral Mountain develpment

Kelly’s first wave outside of the Central Valley wants to use land zoned for an 18-hole golf course, general commercial, low-density residential use including 750 housing units. The strife is due to a zoning change to the 400-acres to include a hotel and vacation rentals.

“The equity raise is complete and we have completed the extensive environmental studies necessary to approve the project,” Michael Schwab told WavePoolMag. “Our group of investors is primarily comprised of people who share our vision and are excited to build their own homes in the community. In addition to the surf basin, we are planning a full set of training, wellness, social, and sports amenities. And perhaps most importantly, the physical beauty of our 400-acre property is unparalleled.”

The company also has plans to build a KSWCo in Southern Baja.