By Elizabeth Whitman | Phoenix New Times
Recent viral tweets warned that an Italian company was about to build behemoth developments at the Grand Canyon. Local and federal officials scrambled to assure the public otherwise. The information that had spread so rapidly on social media was outdated and inaccurate, they said.
True, some tweets had outdated links and gotten details wrong. For example, one tweet said the town of Tusayan was holding a council meeting the following week to discuss plans to build 17 houses that, if begun, would “[open] the door” to Stilo’s development. No such discussion was happening.
But the big picture that the thread tried to impart was correct: Italian development group Stilo really does want to put hotels, shopping, restaurants, and “edutainment” centers in two areas within Tusayan, a town near the south rim of the Grand Canyon.