I am a business owner in Tupper Lake. My partner and I own KB Enterprises. This is a small convenience store and bottle and can redemption center. We also own a small construction company. I work at the store 60 hours per week because we simply cannot afford to pay for more help. We pay our bills month to month and just hope to hang on. Since the recession hit, the construction side of our business has been at a standstill like many other companies in Tupper Lake.
I'm not politically active and I've never written a letter to the editor until now. I watch the local news very closely because I know that my future depends upon the proposed development called the Adirondack Club and Resort (ACR).
So what's my point? As I watch the approval process that the ACR has to endure with the Adirondack Park Agency I read about the environmental groups that are trying to kill the project and it has begun to get very personal to me. Who are these people and why are they trying to put me out of business? They are all the same. They are the three amigos- the Adirondack Council, Protect the Adirondacks, and the Nature Conservancy. Who are they to come into our local economy and attack the only project we have that could bring new people and business to Tupper Lake? I don't know these people but I want to put a finger in their chest and say, "First of all, we don't need you here and second of all, get out of the way and let the APA process start so it can finish!"
Why are we held hostage to some self appointed "do gooders" who don't live here but get paid very well to tell us how to live? I have some real skin in this game but they don't. Protect the Adirondacks has said that it wants to kill the ACR project and the Adirondack Council says that the project does not meet its standards. Here's my message to all the environmentalists: you don't approve anything here, the APA does, so go back home and aggravate the people where you live.
Mr John Caffry of Protect the Adirondacks contends that the ACR should not get a permit because it is not economically viable. Mr. Caffry is now one of the leaders of that organization. All paid staff have recently been laid off because Protect cannot pay its bills. Protect has demonstrated a record of fiscal failure. How do they get to question Mr. Foxman and Mr. Lawson about their finances?
The Adirondack Council led by Mr. John Sheehan and spokesman Mr. Brian Houseal have been spreading half truths about the ACR from the very beginning. Who is the Adirondack Council to tell investors of millions of private dollars how to develop their property when the APA sets the standard?
While these groups praise the governor for allocating millions for more land acquisition, I'm just trying to raise my kids and pay my bills as a small business owner who feels ignored and unheard. When it comes to my future I support the Adirondack Club and Resort and I want the APA to move ahead now and to show some leadership. When it comes to Protect, the Adirondack Council, and the Nature Conservancy- you don't care about me and you don't speak for me, so quit pretending to do so.
Tupper Lake business owner