To the editor:
After eight years of negotiation AND reworking of their application AND an extensive adjudicatory hearing, the development of Adirondack Club and Resort was deemed legal.
In January 2012, in a 10-1 decision, the Adirondack Park Agency approved permits to build and develop the Adirondack Club and Resort.
To be developed, constructed, and/or renovated are the following:
-A beautified Big Tupper Ski Area with truly unique and innovative renovations
-The 60-room "Cobblestone Inn" at the base of Big Tupper
-650 private homes built on 6,300 acres
-A multi-million-dollar renovation of the signature Donald Ross golf course at Tupper Lake
-The construction of an equestrian center offering quarters for privately owned horses, horseback riding lessons from beginners to experts, and guided horseback riding tours.
In March 2012, Protect the Adirondacks, the Sierra Club and three private residents filed a lawsuit against the APA, arguing that the APA violated its own laws when it approved the development of the Adirondack Club and Resort.
If the New York state appellate court (where the case will be argued and decided) decides that the APA did violate their own laws, the decision will, in effect, result in disallowing the residents within the Park the fruits of an influx of hundreds of millions of dollars, thousands of jobs (Editor's note: Developers estimate a direct impact of hundreds of jobs) and a society less dependent on government assistance.
Self-sustainment through a private market with private investors is now a possibility in Hamilton County!
Until November, I knew nothing about this development, and I was personally cynical about what my future in Hamilton County looked like. It was a bleak, arduous, uphill battle with a recessed economy strangled by regulations. But after learning about the Adirondack Club and Resort, I recognize that I must thank the lead developers, Mike Foxman and Tom Lawson.
Thank you, Mike Foxman and Tom Lawson, for your audacity, and thank you for working so hard to pave the way for the future of the Adirondack Park, where personal prosperity and success are more probable outcomes.
If you'd like to help but don't know how, please contact me at either firstname.lastname@example.org or my cell phone: 908-967-7659. I will offer many ways to help.