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U.N. looking to take over The Alamo

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SAN ANTONIO -- The Alamo is under attack again ... this time, by the United Nations?

A current Internet rumor is that San Antonio is ready to hand over its famous landmark to the U.N.

"There's enough conflict in the world. I don't think there's going to ever be one world government," Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff said. Wolff scoffs at the idea that the United Nations will take over the Texas mission.

Rumors that the U.N., through its subsidiary UNESCO, would manage the Alamo began circulating last week, overwhelming even KENS 5's inbox.

The truth is, according to county leaders, bexar county wants unesco to consider the alamo and its four sister missions along the san antonio river for world heritage designation.

"Hopefully we will get it; there are hundreds of them around the world," Wolff said.

The custodian of the Alamo, the Texas General Land Office, called the rumors of a U.N. takeover "spectacular, erroneous and horse hockey." 

KENS 5 asked if locals would see any meddling from the U.N., or if the organization would have a stake in the day-to-day operations of the facilities.

"No. The only thing that they would ask is that you take care of the treasure, like we have, and you do nothing to denigrate it," Wolff replied.

Wolff said the recognition from UNESCO would bring tourism to the River City. That's it.

Experts estimate an extra $100 million per year -- from international visitors -- could result from the designation, as well as access to historians and preservationists the world over.

"You do have to meet some standards to get that designation. And we think the five missions here in San Antonio will meet those standards," Wolff explained.

A few U.N. requirements include: boundaries around historic structures, buffer zones and surrounding land use.

Wolff admits, since seeking heritage status, city leaders have nixed nearby developments.

"They wouldn't build that big hotel that would cover up the Alamo, for that reason," Wolff said.

It is that kind of governmental 'interference' that has social media abuzz.

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