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Address the community

February 15, 2019
Lake Placid News

(The following is an open letter to the town of North Elba and village of Lake Placid boards.)

Dear board members,

We commend both boards for addressing the short-term vacation rental situation. We wonder a bit how some of these regulations will be enforced, but that, no doubt, will be worked out as time goes by. (A five-bedroom house with three parking spaces and six renters' cars has a problem and presents a neighborhood problem.)

Our main concern and one that the boards have apparently not addressed is our community. Neighborhoods no longer fit that description. Resort residential has become business district. The school census is dropping fairly significantly. Houses that once were homes and housed volunteers, school children and local employees house people on a weekly basis. Those people don't care about the local church, the food pantry, the Shipman Center, the hospital and all the many things supported regularly by people who do live here. Now there are less people who live here to care about those efforts.

Our police need homes, our doctors need homes, teachers need homes, people who work here need homes.

Is there any thought of regulations that can limit the number of these short-term rental businesses in our community? We assume you have consulted those communities such as Skaneateles and Lake George who have tackled this problem for their communities with regulations for their communities.

Over the years, this community has done a spectacular job of maintaining its welcoming aura and small-town ambiance. That latter is disappearing. We believe it is more important to maintain the culture of this community than provide for someone who has no local residence an opportunity to make money at the expense of the local culture.

Jim and Keela Rogers

Lake Placid



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