Soccer complex scores nod from City Council

THE SALT LAKE TRIBUNE – Running away from nature lovers but into the hearts of soccer moms, the City Council ended a simmering debate over a $40 million sports complex along the Jordan River on Tuesday with a surprisingly unanimous nod.

Honoring the 2003 bond vote, it turns out, trumped lingering environmental questions.

Still, a mushrooming green group convinced soccer fields will ravage the wildlife and wildlands vows to appeal in 3rd District Court.

The vote concludes a six-year controversy that in recent weeks has ensnared Mayor Ralph Becker’s administration with allegations it is forsaking the largest, last undeveloped chunk of open space along the Jordan and his open-space credentials.

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