It was like the scene from the movie “Jaws” when you knew the shark was going to emerge and chomp down on whatever it could, you just didn’t know when.
So was the case last week, when Protect the Adirondacks! and the Atlantic Chapter of the Sierra Club filed a lawsuit against the Adirondack Park Agency, Department of Environmental Conservation and developers over the proposed Adirondack Club and Resort (ACR) in Tupper Lake. Everyone knew a challenge was coming. Now we know who filed it, when and where.
Along with the two “green” organizations, three adjacent landowners, Dr. Phyllis Thompson and Bob and Leslie Harrison, have joined the suit, which was filed under the argument that the APA did not do its job in the handling of the permitting process for the ACR.
The real reason behind the lawsuit was later stated by Protect attorney John Caffry when he said, “Yes, we would like to kill it.”
The facts are that the Adirondack Club and Resort project has been one of the most scrutinized developments ever to come before the APA board, including when Protect member and former APA Executive Director John Glennon served. The decision was not made easily or without sacrifice on both sides, which is what is needed for true compromise.
However, as Caffry stated, that is not enough for his group. They want to kill a project that would boost the local economy and help a once thriving town return to its former glory, much like the shark that feeds off unguarded swimmers in the movie.
This is a project that has been backed by every local official both in economics and politics. It has been a rallying point for the community and for the region.
To its credit, another green group, the Adirondack Council, after the hearings were completed, said the following:
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