Over 100 People Gather to Protest Against NewVista
South Royalton - VT
Saturday, June 18, 2016
David Hall, a Utah engineer, and his NewVista project has been all over the local news for the past 2 months. On Friday June 17, from 5 to 7 pm, about a hundred people gathered to protest on the bridge in South Royalton.
On Thursday June 16, a similar rally was organized in Provo, Utah, where Mr. Hall has also been working on implementing his NewVista project. 172 people from the Pleasant View neighborhood were in attendance with signs to protest against the destruction of their community. Paul R. Evans, neighborhood chairman in Pleasant View in Provo, and organizer of the protest, saw the gathering as "a success for educating more people about the situation. A success in buoying the hopes and dreams of the neighborhood. A success in demonstrating the total lack of support for the solitary dream of David Hall and his NewVista. "
On the Vermont side tonight, community members held signs, and distributed pamphlets to passing cars. I went around and asked some of them why they were demonstrating today:
Michael Sacca, Tunbridge resident and videographer : "I think the show of support will grow as time goes one. I really want to prove to Mr. Hall that we are going to hold him to his words, that if Vermont doesn't want this, he will not build [the NewVista project]"
John Echeverria, South Royalton resident and professor at VLS: "I am joining with my neighbors to urge Mr. Hall to abandon his proposal on our communities."
Peter Anderson, Sharon resident: "I am hoping to make more people aware of this situation, about this outside force buying up properties in our community with no regard for people here. He has an idea, and he has so much money that he feels he can" adding that the terrain is not appropriate for his project.
Scott Paulson, from Bethel and founder of art school Seven Stars in Sharon: "I am here because I lived in Sharon, and I feel this is a threat to Vermont way of life. This area cannot support this many people coming in."
Clare Holland, from Sharon: "I am concerned about one person buying that much property in the area, and his plans for that property. He wants to implement something that really make little sense. When you talk about someone that says 'we are going to have a community, and when you join this community you will leave your financial assets and your intellectual assets with the community' that sounds a little cultish to me, and I am concerned about that as well."
Jen Hayslett, from Tunbridge. "I am here because I love this community. And I don't want to have regrets, about not standing up for what I value."
Gus Speth, environmental lawyer and co-founder of the Natural Resources Defense Council (in a black shirt) and his wife Cameron (holding the 'We love our community sign') joined concerned neighbors to voice their opposition to the NewVista project.
State Representatives Jim Masland (left) and Tim Briglin (right) for Windsor-Orange 2, posing in front of "Diamond Dave"
Also present (not in picture), Representative Sarah Buxton for Windsor-Orange 1
Stuart Levasseur has been a vocal opponent of the NewVista project on the Stop the NewVista Facebook group.
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