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Welcome from the Mayor

Dear Rancho Mirage Residents,

The steady hum of construction activity rising from various pockets of the City of Rancho Mirage this year has been unmistakable. Patience has paid off and pride is evident as several of our long-term projects come to fruition. Thoughtful planning has afforded the City of Rancho Mirage the comfortable position of being able to enhance the quality of life for residents as well as the experience of its many visitors. The boost to retail tax revenue that several of these emerging amenities and businesses are set to provide will play a role in securing the City’s future for generations to come.

Along the Highway 111 corridor, there’s been noticeable activity at Desert European Motorcars. The addition of a brand new Jaguar showroom enhances what was already an outstanding selection of high-quality automobiles. Todd Blue, chairman and CEO of Desert European Motorcars is proud that with the addition of the McLaren automobile, Desert European Motorcars will be one of the few automobile dealers in the United States that can boast having the entire British luxury car collection on its showroom floors.

Meanwhile at another point along Highway 111, the keenly anticipated remodel of Rancho Las Palmas Shopping Center continues at a steady pace. Already opened, boutique-style men’s and women’s department store chain Stein Mart, is attracting shoppers. Sometime late this year, an entirely new and easily accessible CVS Pharmacy, complete with drive-thru window, will start welcoming clientele. Other prominent anchor stores following closely on its heels will include Hobby Lobby and the pleasing addition of Greens International Market, a family-owned grocery store. Overall, residents and visitors alike can look forward to significantly increased retail, restaurant and professional service offerings in the newly refurbished center.

Rancho Mirage Community Park was shuttered late last winter to undergo expansion and renovation. The reconfigured park will undoubtedly make a splash debuting an imposing new amphitheater on its expanded acreage. The latter will feature a 2,030-square-foot stage complete with overhead canopy to provide maximum shade and acoustical benefits. Look for it to play host to all sorts of events including live music, movies, plays, dance performances, and lectures in the years to come. Elsewhere in the park, there’ll be an inviting pedestrian promenade, an enlarged children’s play area, and pickle-ball courts along with our tennis and basketball courts.

In a move that will surely delight both pet owners and pooches, the City plans to open the new Rancho Mirage Dog Park in early 2016. The expertly designed four-acre facility will be located at the southeast corner of Key Largo Avenue and an extended section of Via Vall. Noise-buffering berms will cleverly designate distinct grassy areas for both small and big dogs to run and play freely. Their safety is guaranteed by surrounding six-foot tall, wrought iron fencing complete with Sally port gates. Count on convenient bubblers to quench canine thirst. There’ll be plenty of parking available not to mention ample shade from a combination of canopies and trees. Dog owners can enjoy a respite on special “boulder” bench seating or take a cue from their pets and get some exercise themselves by taking a spin on the walking path encircling the park.

Rancho Mirage is also setting its sights skyward. An observatory is to be built on the Rancho Mirage Public Library campus. This development is creating a buzz of excitement among astronomers around the Valley and beyond. Your City Council is receiving construction and equipment advice from the California Institute of Technology, an esteemed institute well-versed in the complexities of astronomy and space travel. Cal Tech astronomers will lend guidance to the City as it makes important decisions regarding choice of telescope, exact placement and the educational programming that will follow. Geographically speaking, the Library is well positioned and fortunate to be surrounded by quality dark sky, which is essential for proper viewing of the heavens through an observatory telescope.

The industrious hum of activity emanating from numerous points around Rancho Mirage is closing in on a crescendo. All these tremendous public and private amenities, and business and cultural opportunities are about to take hold, if they haven’t already, and will soon become a part of the fabric of City life.

Mayor G. Dana Hobart
City of Rancho Mirage

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