BOLTON LANDING The historic, gracious Sagamore Resort, for generations a favored getaway for families and business executives, will now remain open year-round, the resort’s general manager announced Friday May 3.
Since 2008 — during the depths of the national recession — The Sagamore has been closed during the winter months.
The resort will from now on be open throughout the winter months on weekends — plus off-season on weekdays if needed to accommodate groups, Sagamore General Manager Tom Guay said.
The announcement, made at a media conference on the first day the resort was open for the 2013 season, was greeted with enthusiasm by local officials.
“This is a historic moment,” Bolton Town Supervisor Ron Conover said minutes after the announcement. “This change has substantial impact on not only employment in our town, but the entire region’s economy. This is just wonderful news — sensational.”
Guay said the resumption of year-round operations was made due to steadily increasing business over the last four years, prompted in part by the substantial investment made by the resort’s parent company, Ocean Properties Ltd.
“Our summers have been busier and busier, and so were our holidays, and it was determined this was the base we needed to stay open through the winter,” Guay said.
Guay said the announcement of year-round operations was made via email Friday to the resort’s 200 or so employees. Those working at the resort were told in person, and many showed their enthusiasm one way or another, he said.
“The employees were excited about the news,” he said.
During peak sason, The Sagamore will be employing as many as 650 people, Guay said. Although Guay wouldn’t get specific about how many more winter jobs would be restored, local officials said it would be dozens more than in recent years.
Attending the media luncheon Friday, state Assemblyman Dan Stec commented on the announcement.