Chamber plans move to Essex County

Nelson explained handicap-accessible portable toilets could be installed outside of the building and those facilities could be heated throughout the winter.

Some members expressed concern that the potential move to North Elba and the relationship with Lake Placid could take attention away from Franklin County sections of Saranac Lake. Nelson said the chamber would make special efforts to make its operation "all-inclusive."

"It's about generating interest in the broader area," she said. "If we can work together, the benefits are far reaching."

Nelson said the chamber would continue to offer the same services it currently offers to tourists, including its annual maps and visitors guides.

"The time of local importance is over," Nelson added. "Now it is global and we compete with Las Vegas, Orlando, and Europe; anywhere that has something to offer to a potential tourist."

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