To the editor:
In an effort to heighten the public's awareness of the new marina that has been proposed on Lower Saranac, new resources have been launched so the public can see the size and scope of the project.
It is safe to say everybody is in support of refurbishing and improving the dilapidated structures that exist today. However, the size, scope and plan that The LS Marina LLC group has proposed will permanently alter the views from the shores and waters of the lake, and present a drastic impact to the pristine and natural spot that Lower Saranac is today.
As proposed, the main, covered dock portion in Ampersand Bay would be 186 feet by 238 feet, sticking into the water 150 feet beyond the current structure. And the Crescent Bay structure would be 342 feet by 244 feet, which would extend past the point commonly called "the Rock" by about 50 feet.
In addition to the obvious visual impact, these mammoth structures raise serious questions about safety, and boat navigation as well. The increase in the number of boat slips would raise the number of boats permanently on the lake by about 150. A few adjacent landowners have raised concern that the proposed structures violate property deeds, Department of Environmental Conservation regulations and environmental impact restrictions, but as of yet, these have not been responded to.
We have launched a website, www.friendsoflowersaranac.com, and a Facebook page, "Lower Saranac," as well as set up an email, firstname.lastname@example.org, so everyone can see the proposed scope and plan, and show their support.
This proposal has been reviewed by the Harrietstown Planning Board already and will be discussed in the next planning board meeting Wednesday, March 12 at 6 p.m. (Editor's note: The day of the meeting has been corrected.) We encourage you to attend and show your support.
Thanks for your support,