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Americade signs DEC agreement

ALBANY - The popular motorcycle rally Americade will stay in Lake George for 2011, according to event organizers, who signed an agreement March 29 with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).

"We are pleased to announce that our convention has reviewed and signed the 2011 agreement with NYS DEC today, agreeing to pay NYS DEC $50,000 for the rental of the Beach Road Parking lot and associated areas," said Americade Vice President Christian Dutcher in a prepared release. "We are delighted that the 2011 negotiations have concluded, and since DEC stated that this framework can serve as a model for future years, we're optimistic that arrangements for 2012 and onward will be much simpler."

On March 25, DEC Commissioner Joe Martens announced that the state had formed a partnership with Warren County that would allow Americade to again use the Lake George Beach, Battlefield Park and Prospect Mountain Day Use Areas for the June 2011 event.

The agreement will lead to the issuance of a "temporary revocable permit" allowing Americade to use the state-owned lands in the village and town of Lake George.

Americade founder Bill Dutcher had asked the state to lower the permit price from the proposed amount of $82,000 to $50,000, or else he may move the event to Massachusetts. And that's exactly what the state did in its new agreement.

DEC sets price

The permit price is now $50,000. It cannot be free because the DEC has to recoup costs in labor before, during and after the event and parking fees at the day-use areas, said DEC spokesperson Michael Bopp in a March 25 phone interview.

"Our goal was always to recover our costs," Bopp said. "It should not be on the taxpayers' purse."

The DEC has claimed thousands of dollars of expenses associated with Americade, assertions that others, including Americade organizers, have contended.

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