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APA: mooring of houseboat would violate rules

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An Adirondack Park Agency committee can't say if a Saranac Lake man's houseboat is violating shoreline regulations in the park. But mooring it in one spot for the season will cross the line. Bruce Darring had argued that the 70' X 24' vessel is a boat. The park agency has no jurisdiction on the water, he says. The APA staff says it's a wooden cabin on a floating platform. The agency tried to get the longtime Saranac Lake woodworker to stop building the houseboat last fall, and threatened him with fines. Darring says there are longer boats in the Adirondacks, and he plans to move the houseboat between Lake Flower and another lake. As Chris Knight reports, the houseboat will come before the full APA board at its June meeting.

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Chris Knight
Adirondack Correspondent

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