Dan

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McGrory to Borrego's rescue?

Its true that Borrego Springs is a very difficult place to do business, mostly because of the very seasonal nature of the place. Its very warm here in the summer so many people plan to be elsewhere from about June through September. Those who drive through and don't take the time to see what's really here are doing themselves and our town a disservice. Located as it is in the largest contiguous state park in the nation (Anza-Borrego Desert State Park), it is and will remain a remote location. But that is part of the charm for those love to be close to nature and dislike traffic, crowded cities and polluted air. The State Park Visitor Center is a must-see attraction, with a wonderful natural history museum and a fascinating botanical garden. The Anza-Borrego Foundation advocates for the State Park, and also sponsors hikes, seminars, lectures and workshops, and also operates their "State Park Store" where all things Anza-Borrego can be found. Our town has a thriving community of artists and art galleries. Check out the newly remodeled Borrego Art Institute, Liesels Art Studio, The Matson Gallery, and The Galleria at The Palms at Indian Head Hotel among others. We have an amazing Performing Arts Center with a full slate of plays, concerts and lectures each season. The Anza-Borrego Desert Natural History Association (ABDNHA) has a wonderful Nature Center and also sponsors hikes, lectures and programs for visitors and residents alike. And while its true that some of our lodging purveyors and residential developments have struggled, isn't that the case with most all localities during the last few years? Some other tourist-based businesses are thriving, such as the Borrego Valley Inn, The Palms at Indian Head, and California Overland Desert Excursions. Borrego is also home to one of the finest RV resorts in North America, The Springs at Borrego RV Resort. It was named National Small Park of the year for 2009-2010, and just this year expanded with 53 new sites. So if you come to Borrego, please take a little time to get to know our town. Don't dismiss us as having nothing to offer because you drove through at 45 miles per hour and didn't see much.
— December 21, 2012 2:54 p.m.