Hotel space seen as key to tourism

Some expressed concerns about changing the community's character.

"We don't want July 4th every day." Mark Whitney, a committee member, said.

Harvey said the plan is designed to attract a moderate number of people who spend more while staying in Schroon Lake.

Concerns verbalized by residents who attended where the increase in traffic and the building of a chain-style hotel to satisfy the need for lodging.

The tourist committee members informed the group a formal traffic study had not been done. The history of the town indicates a capability to accommodate a traffic increase.

The concern of a chain hotel moving into Schroon Lake was addressed with a reference to incorporating architectural standards. The standards would help to maintain the character and strengthen the appeal of Schroon Lake.

To fully activate the plan the tourist committee emphasized the need for the residents of Schroon Lake to become involved.

The entire master plan, updates and progress can be viewed at www.essextourismplan.com.

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