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The View From Aspen: To Save "Local" Resort Towns Must Plan

This week, a local government leader from Aspen Colorado spoke at an affordable housing conference in Saranac Lake, sponsored by the Center for the Advancement of Sustainable Tourism. Mick Ireland has been a commissioner in Pitkin County for ten years. Ireland spoke with Brian Mann. He says Aspen is fighting to retain its local character.  Go to full article

Study Shows Middle Income Housing Costs in ADKs Nearly Double

The Adirondack Economic Development Corporation surveyed hundreds of employers and employees throughout the Tri-Lakes. The study found hundreds of families dissatisfied with the cost and availability of middle income homes. AEDC director Ernest Hohmeyer spoke with Brian Mann.  Go to full article

Aspen Expert Says Adirondacks Faces Resort Housing Crisis

At an affordable housing conference Wednesday in Saranac Lake, regional leaders heard a presentation from Mick Ireland. Ireland is a local government leader in Aspen, Colorado. That resort community has fought back against the pressures of vacation home development, creating more than 2,000 units of protected middle-income housing. As Chris Knight reports, Ireland says the Adirondack Park should prepare itself for the same struggle.  Go to full article

Second Major Housing Development Planned for Adirondacks, In Jay

The Adirondacks have seen a housing boom over the last five years. Hundreds of new vacation homes and condos have been built, usually on single lots or in small subdivisions. Major developers are now proposing massive housing projects inside the park. One 800-home vacation resort in Tupper Lake is now under review by the Adirondack Park Agency. As Chris Knight reports, the APA is now examining a second, 700-home subdivision in the town of Jay.  Go to full article

Michael Foxman Talks About Big Tupper Development

Philadelphia developer Michael Foxman hopes to reinvent the Big Tupper ski area in Tupper Lake. His massive subdivision would affect more than six thousand acres, adding roughly 800 condos and high-end vacation homes. Local government leaders have hailed the plan as a fresh start for the village. But Foxman has faced tough questions recently, following the revelation that he was indicted in the 1990s as part of a Federal savings and loan fraud case. Foxman declined to discuss the S&L case in detail on tape, describing it as "ancient history". He did agree to talk with Brian Mann about his background and his plans for Tupper Lake. Foxman refused to name the investors who are backing the project, but he added new details about the plan which is now being reviewed by the Adirondack Park Agency.  Go to full article

Tourist Train Returns to Tupper Lake

Railroad enthusiasts in Tupper Lake are celebrating the return of tourist passenger service for the first time in nearly 25 years. They're inviting residents and visitors to ride the rails aboard the Adirondack Scenic Railroad from Tupper Lake to Piercefield and back this weekend. Todd Moe talks with Dan McClelland, president of "Next Stop! Tupper Lake", the local train station restoration committee.  Go to full article

State Agencies To Push For Convention Business

Before arriving in Lake Placid yesterday, Governor George Pataki promised a major announcement on tourism development. His new proposal is a directive that urges state agencies to help bring convention business to New York. As Brian Mann reports, the Governor says talks are still underway to fund a modern convention center in Lake Placid.  Go to full article

After A Summer Of Rain, Tourism Dips

It's been a soggy summer. Through July and August the National Weather service in Burlington recorded more than fifteen inches of rain. That's three times the amount that fell during the same period last year. The clouds had a dampening affect on farmers. But as Brian Mann reports, the weather also hurt hundreds of small businesses that rely on summer tourism.  Go to full article

Groups Say Bush Mercury Plan Could Hurt Tourism

Several environmental and sporting groups are criticizing the Bush administration's plan to reduce mercury from power plants. They say it protects utilities at the expense of public health and the tourism industry. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Stephanie Hemphill reports.  Go to full article

New NNY Tourism Data Online

Economic developers, entrepreneurs, and anyone who's just plain curious about the North Country now have a powerful new tool. The Northern New York Travel and Tourism Research Center, based at SUNY Potsdam, has compiled data profiles for the 10 counties of northern New York and published them online. The profiles have data on hotel rooms, traffic counts, employment, campgrounds, marinas, fishing and hunting licenses, and snowmobile trails. Laurie Marr is the center's director. She told David Sommerstein she saw a need for a central source for tourism-related statistics.  Go to full article

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