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The current beach location, on Lake Colby, has long faced criticism from many locals. Photo: Mark Kurtz
The current beach location, on Lake Colby, has long faced criticism from many locals. Photo: Mark Kurtz

Saranac Lake's beach could be in village center again

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A plan to move Saranac Lake's swimming beach back to a longtime location near the center of the village got a boost this week.

The village's Board of Trustees agreed Monday to commission a feasibility study on moving the village beach from its current site on Lake Colby to Lake Flower, where the beach had been located until the late 1970s.

But some people in the community have concerns about the idea.

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Chris Knight
Adirondack Correspondent

Trustees voted 3-1 Monday night to issue a request for proposals for the feasibility study. It will be paid for in part with village funds and with $5,000 a local Lake Flower Beach Return group has been trying to raise.

The village beach was moved from Lake Flower to Lake Colby in the 1970s when the state widened state Route 86, the main thoroughfare through the village. Ever since then, many locals have lamented the loss of a public beach in the center of the community.

The grassroots effort to bring the beach to Lake Flower has a lot of support, but there are some in the community who don't like the idea. Village Trustee Tom Catillaz, who voted against the study Monday, said there's not enough parking for a beach on Lake Flower and crossing the busy highway could be dangerous. He also said he didn't think kids go to the beach like they used to.

Village Trustee Paul Van Cott said the village will seek public input before any decision on whether to further pursue the return of the beach to Lake Flower. "Ultimately," he said, "we've got to look at it as a village and say, 'this makes sense to us, both in terms of the people who live here but also in terms of the economics of it.'"

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