By Tim Rowland
Long Lake businessman George Carrothers told city council members Wednesday night he would not fight an Adirondack Park agency directive to tear down a lakeside patio at his bakery, nor would close a popular roadway to the public.
Carrothers said a threat to restrict public access to the boardwalk in response to the APA directive was made in the heat of the moment to draw attention to the situation. “The property will still be open to the public and we will deal with the APA from there,” he said.
The board thanked Carrothers for leaving the causeway open. “We have been good partners with George,” said supervisor Clay Arsenault.
About 100 people a day stroll along the Jennings Pond Causeway in the summer, Carrothers estimated, and it is used by the town for fireworks and children’s fishing tournaments.
The dispute with the APA involved the size and orientation of a patio at Another Paradise Cove, an outfitter and bakery that Carrothers owns with its business partner Stacy Pagoda. The APA said it was too big and too close to the water, but Carrothers said he believed both parties had come to a compromise for a smaller bridge that would be acceptable, which he went forward and built. The APA thought otherwise and fined Carrothers $ 28,500, suspending all but $ 1,500 on the condition that the bridge be removed by November 1.
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Carrothers said he initially believed the causeway would provide some leverage, particularly if base residents and visitors using it pressured the agency to reconsider. But after thinking about it, he said it seemed unlikely the tactic would work. “No individual can face the APA, and it is not a fight that I want to fight,” he said.
Angry with APA
But several meeting attendees weren’t so willing to let the APA get away with it and criticized the agency for going all out in dealing with people unable to fight back, while also bowing down. in front of people with money and power.
They noted that the Cuomo administration failed to appoint a strong permanent chairman to the board, a position that had been open since Karen Feldman stepped down in 2019, and had otherwise deprived the park of resources and resources. order needed.
“Cuomo really neglected the Adirondacks for a while,” said Jack Carney, a local resident and health care advocate.
Carney said Forever Wild is important, but so is the right of people to flourish. By creating a park made up of public and private land, “there is an implicit recognition that the people who live here must have a way to make a living,” he said.
A historic and strategic property
Another Paradise Cove has a history rich in history; the building served a number of purposes throughout most of the last century, but was originally constructed as the Island Snack Bar. The causeway, which separates Long Lake from Jennings Pond, was built as part of a Depression-era works program and led to the Grand Hotel Sagamore, which was demolished in 1960.
One of Long Lake’s most strategically located properties, Another Paradise Cove sits at the head of the causeway and across from the town beach. Carrothers and Pagoda envisioned Another Paradise Cove as a service for those who take advantage of public facilities.
It was hardly the case. When it was listed for sale, Pagoda said estate agents showed the property to people who saw it as a private residence.
It would have split the beach and the causeway. “For me, this property should remain commercial,” she said. “There is no way that we are taking away public enjoyment – our intentions for this property are pure and good.”
Residents said they would be ready to engage in letter-writing and petition-writing campaigns against APA’s action, but Pagoda said, “The best way to help is just to know that the property is in the best hands possible. “
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