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Locals, environmentalists spar over Park's future

But for Stiles, there is one driving problem with the Act as it currently stands: the vague terminology regarding shoreline setbacks.

Stiles said that the waterfront setback language must be clarified and in many cases strengthened to further protect Adirondack water bodies.

Last week, a nine-county lawsuit seeking to nullify recently adopted APA shoreline setbacks, was largely defeated in state Supreme Court.

Monroe and many other local officials had argued new setback policies had inappropriately extended the APA power to restrict land use - and should have been a matter for state Law rather than the APA act.

While environmentalists have argued that the unspoiled beauty of the Park needs to be preserved, local officials have countered that preservation is suffocating economic development.

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