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Breaking: APA rejects continued floatplane use on Lows Lake

On a narrow 6-5 vote, the Adirondack Park Agency has rejected a plan put forward by the state Department of Environmental Conservation to continue floatplane traffic on Lows Lake for another decade. The proposal failed thanks in large part to the votes of two board members representing other state agencies: the Department of State and the Department of Economic Development.

The debate was occasionally heated. Angry critics in local government blasted the APA for an "embarrassing" process. APA chairman Curt Stiles rejected that description and said he welcomed a new floatplane proposal from the DEC. The decision hinged on an interpretation of the State Land Master Plan, which calls for a phase out of motorized recreation on Lows Lake.

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Brian Mann
Adirondack Bureau Chief

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