Bet you didn't know Ray Hunt owned a bunch of land down in South Texas -- like, oh, 6,000 acres known as the Sharyland Plantation development, where Hunt's touting "gentle gulf breezes ... swaying palm fronds ... the delicate scent of hibiscus and bougainvillea flowers." It's a massive multi-use development: residential properties selling for about a million bucks, a 55-acre retail and restaurant complex, golf courses, a business park, the whole shebang. There's even an electric company that, says a Texas Observer Web exclusive, is "run by Hunt’s son Hunter, which delivers electricity to plantation residents and Mexican factories."
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But that ain't the point of the Observer's piece. Nope. The story's all about how folks along the Texas-Mexico border are having to surrender their land to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for that border fence -- except, of course, rich and powerful dudes like Dallas' own Ray Hunt, who gave SMU $35 mil so his BFF George Dubya could build his library and think tank on the Hilltop. Turns out, that fence will pretty much dead-end on Hunt's land. And that is making the locals faced with condemnation lawsuits pretty, pretty unhappy. --Robert Wilonsky