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Rio's Olympic golf course in turmoil

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From AP as posted on ESPN

 

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RIO DE JANEIRO -- Rio de Janeiro's Olympic golf course faces an uncertain future after a court proposed Wednesday that the under-construction layout should be modified to meet environmental concerns.

Judge Eduardo Klausner, hearing a lawsuit brought against the city of Rio de Janeiro and the course developer, said the defendants had to return Sept. 17 to say if they could accept the proposal. Klausner said work on the course could continue, but no new areas of vegetation could be plowed under.

In recent months, workers have been putting down grass on the course, with the hope of finishing by the end of the year. That would give the turf two growing seasons to mature.

Golf's return to the 2016 Olympics after 112 years was to be a centerpiece of the Rio de Janeiro Games. But the course has been plagued by legal challenges over land ownership, questions about its location in a nature reserve, and other delays that date almost five years.

 

http://espn.go.com/olympics/story/_/id/11463567/rio-court-asks-modifications-puts-2016-olympic-golf-course-turmoil

 

Clearly poor planning on the part of the organizers and course builders/designers.

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If the environmental concerns (regulations) were on the books when the course was started, then some cost saving shenanigans were going on. I don't know exactly what the environmental regulations are down there, but apparently they have some clout. Pretty sure some compensations will be made, and the course will be ready for the Olympics. If not, one of the others in the area will be used. 

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California needs to do a quick head-count.  Apparently some of their tree-huggers have headed south for the season.  Now would be a good time to seal the borders, before they come back!  :-D

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California needs to do a quick head-count.  Apparently some of their tree-huggers have headed south for the season.  Now would be a good time to seal the borders, before they come back!  :-D

Remind me to have our hazardous waste sent to Orlando!  :-)

 

It is surprising that this issue comes to light so late.  Having done work in Brazil, their regulations are very specific.

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Can't someone just show up somewhere with a briefcase full of cash and fix it? a2_wink.gif
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Remind me to have our hazardous waste sent to Orlando!  :-)

 

 

That's what Tampa is for......  :-D

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