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Old 02-18-2011, 01:23 PM   #1
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Reconfiguring The Park?

Interesting but frustrating article from the ADK Daily Enterprise:

http://www.adirondackdailyenterprise...iment%22?.html

Frustrating in that, what is their proposal to change the nature of the park? I don't need definitions of "park" to know that the ADKs have a lot of regulations but those regs are there because it is an experiment of public and private land mixed usage.

I am definitely eager to find out their recommendations but I am not holding my breath that the current regulatory framework will change anytime soon. That being said, should the fundamental nature of the ADK park change? If so, how? I am not sure my thoughts on this yet but would love to hear y'all's thoughts!
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Old 02-18-2011, 01:59 PM   #2
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He talks about Googling so much so I Googled him.

He is the founder and 22 year president of the Adirondack Economic Development Corporation which is a "non profit" organization that supports development.

He is als the owner operator of Hohmeyer's Lake Clear Lodge which has been operated by three generations since 1886.

So clearly it is in his and his organizations best interest for the Adirondack park to have regulations, etc changed to allow more development.

What else do you need to know?

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Old 02-18-2011, 02:16 PM   #3
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I would be the 1st to agree the rules and regulations by the APA are way overboard.

However, I also feel people in the Adirondacks do blame the APA for the poor economy more than it deserves.

Look at New York State and especially upstate New York as a whole, it’s not like it’s booming and the APA is preventing the park residents from enjoying the good times. All of Upstate New York State is suffering.

Getting rid of the APA would at best get you what? An economy equal to that of Utica or Buffalo or maybe Kingston if you are lucky? Not exactly a big step up and not exactly worth risking the beauty of one of Earth’s treasures for.

If New York was a well run business friendly state, the APA wouldn’t matter because the cities just on the outside of the park boundaries like Plattsburgh, Saratoga, Amsterdam, Watertown and even Malone and Whitehall would be picking up the slack by having plenty of businesses and jobs that the park residents could just work there.
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Old 02-18-2011, 02:36 PM   #4
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Getting rid of the APA would at best get you what? An economy equal to that of Utica or Buffalo or maybe Kingston if you are lucky? Not exactly a big step up and not exactly worth risking the beauty of one of Earth’s treasures for.
qam, that is a fantastic way of phrasing the issue.

I've heard this general point of view stated many many times, but not quite as simply or to the point. It really cuts right to the issue when you think of it in these terms. Thank you.

(ps: I'm talking about the specific paragraph I quoted... not the socialism rant that comes after it. )

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Old 02-18-2011, 02:54 PM   #5
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qam, that is a fantastic way of phrasing the issue.

I've heard this general point of view stated many many times, but not quite as simply or to the point. It really cuts right to the issue when you think of it in these terms. Thank you.
I lean toward this viewpoint as well. The Adirondacks have (for the last 200 years or so) been "Contested Terrain" as a certain book puts it and in today's day and age that means balancing private interests (including jobs not just development) and public interests (to preserve a wonderful natural resource and also derive some economic benefit in sales taxes from tourists).

Given this mix, you have to have regulation, whether its DEC, APA or someone else. So, what can improve the lives of people inside the Blue Line? Less regulation? Maybe, if that regulation leads to more job opportunities without spoiling the great nature of the park. I really think the ADKs can be helped by high speed Internet access throughout the Park. More people are "telecommuting" so living in the Park is not a hurdle and business can relocate there since they can stay better in touch with their customers. I don't think the Park needs to be rethought, just apply modern innovations (plus maybe extra tax breaks which I know in this time is tough to ask for but incentives can help grow the non-public jobs) to help due to the remoteness. Just my one and a half cents.
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Regarding the original article: What Redhawk said.

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Old 02-18-2011, 05:15 PM   #7
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Watch those "spelling errors" folks and don't forget, the same rules apply here as everywhere else.
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changes , politics , social economics . I'm going to stay out of this one .though I've been lurking in the background.
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Regarding the original article: What Redhawk said.
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