New project planned south of San Felipe

Imperial Valley Press - - NEWS -

A new de­vel­op­ment project that might create thou­sands of new jobs is on the works over 26 miles south of San Felipe.

The project, known as Ma­rina Azul, would create over 15,000 new jobs, a third of them di­rectly.

State of­fi­cials hope the project will ex­plode growth in the south­ern part of Mex­i­cali County and in­crease tourist com­pet­i­tive­ness in the state.

How­ever, costly in­fra­struc­ture is needed for the ma­rina to come to fruition — wa­ter lines, sewer lines, waste­water fa­cil­i­ties, pub­lic light­ing and power lines.

The state is also con­sid­er­ing an­other in­fra­struc­ture project that might raise con­tro­versy — a de­sali­na­tion plant like the ones be­ing built on the coast.

In or­der to move the ma­rina project for­ward, Gov. Fran­cisco Vega met Mon­day with Mex­ico’s Fed­eral Elec­tric­ity Com­mis­sion Gen­eral Man­ager Jaime Fran­cisco Hernán­dez Martínez.

Gov. Vega told the Mex­i­can of­fi­cial the ma­rina re­quires con­nec­tion to San Felipe to de­velop the project.

Ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease, both of­fi­cials agreed to fol­low up the project in the up­com­ing fu­ture.

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