To the News Enterprise:
In the Nov. 26 News Enterprise, your editorial board criticized residents and groups who do not “support” the present Tupper Lake ACR project without any reservations. As most people in our area probably do not know the details of the project, it would be good to know reporters have done their homework in investigating the subject.
After 17 “adjudicated” hearing sessions, a mountain of expert testimony concerning all aspects of the project are available for reading. Have you read some of them and understand the thoroughness of the hearing process? Did you attend any of the sessions?
The Adirondack Daily Enterprise has reported on every hearing session accurately and comprehensively. Did you read those summaries? Are you attending the APA meetings or watching the webcams?
What do the realtors in the area and Lake Placid say about the likelihood of ACR being able to sell a substantial number of the 750 proposed luxury units in the near future? Almost everyone would like to see Big Tupper reopened, but that is not promised for at least three years after the Great Camp lots are sold.
Are jobs for some locals the only economic question? Or do possible long-term financial outcomes and impacts on taxpayers if the project fails need to be considered too?
What does the IDA say about the financial instruments that will have to be created to fund the project?
Does the need for a “valet service” for owners’ boats (they will have to be brought to the tiny public launch site every time use is desired) seem an attractive plan for potential upscale buyers?
Have you walked and driven around the property yourselves?
Have you talked to local residents who oppose the present project to see what their objections are?