ARISE Chairman Jim LaValley and Assemblywoman Janet Duprey, R-Peru, have fun during the Jan. 20 party at the Park Restaurant in Tupper Lake, celebrating the Adirondack Park Agency’s approval of the Adirondack Club and Resort project.
Photo by Andy Flynn.
continued Reaction from around the Adirondack North Country region was both positive and negative. Below are some of those comments:
Speaking during the public comment period of the Jan. 20 APA meeting, Adirondack Wild partner Dan Plumley said, “You had an opportunity today to approve a project and to also carry forward a sacred public trust about the protection of the most delicate and vital resource management lands in the park. You did approve a project, but I am concerned that the full breadth of your public trust was not sufficiently carried through today ... But as we go forward, and there’s a lot of work to do in the implementation of this project, we will be looking for this agency to vigorously assess the lessons learned.”
•North Country Chamber of Commerce:
“Today, the APA fulfilled its original mission, which isn't to discourage all development and economic activity as some voices want but to instead help plan and guide balanced approaches," North Country Chamber of Commerce President Garry Douglas said in a prepared statement. "Common sense has prevailed, and now We need for everyone to accept the outcome and join in helping this resort plan to unfold successfully. The continued revitalization of Tupper Lake as the host community is the best strategy. We can now all get behind, starting with restoration of the railway from Saranac Lake to Tupper along with business redevelopment and ventures such as the Adirondack Observatory.”
•Protect the Adirondacks!:
“The APA staff and board have issued a ruling which is a slap in the face of all previous boards who, by and large, have made the hard decisions to enforce the law and protect our Park,” said Robert Harrison, one of the group’s three co-chairs, in a prepared statement. “This board, influenced by a misguided presentation by the APA Executive Staff, has torn apart the very foundation of the Adirondack Park Agency Act. It is truly a very sad day.”