"Americade is of vital economic importance to Warren County and the surrounding communities and we have all benefitted from the responsiveness of DEC and its cooperation to secure Americade's continued presence in Lake George for years to come," said Dan Stec, Queensbury town supervisor and chairman of the Warren County Board of Supervisors, in a DEC press release.
Not so fast, Dutcher said, when contacted by the Adirondack Journal Friday afternoon. He said Americade would release a prepared statement of its own early next week, but only after the agreement is signed. As of Friday, Americade and the DEC only had a "tacit understanding" as to the permit's details. He declined further comment until he could read the DEC press release and discuss the agreement with his staff.
In the meantime, state officials lauded the tentative agreement.
"This agreement demonstrates our commitment to making state facilities an important part of the tourism economy in the Lake George region," Martens said. "We worked very hard to create a partnership between our Department and Americade and believe this framework can serve as a model in future years. This resolution would not have been possible without the efforts of Senator Little, Assemblywoman Sayward and Supervisor Stec and we appreciate their cooperation and support."
Sen. Betty Little sees Americade as a "tremendous economic driver" that attracts thousands of people to her district each year, helping the tourist industry prior to the busy summer season.
"Many area businesses depend on this boost of activity, so resolving this cost issue was very important to me," Little said. "Working with the DEC, an agreement has been reached that is fair and appropriate and a good example of what can be achieved when we partner."
Americade will be held from June 7 to 11 in 2011 and is billed as "the world's largest multi-brand motorcycle touring rally." It attracts more than 50,000 visitors each year.