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July 2, 2013

City to decide on waterfront construction

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PLATTSBURGH —

The Development Corp. endorsed the Navtours proposal in its report to the council.

“Navtours will pay less money to the city, but we think other city objectives are as important or more important, and Navtours is more likely to achieve them,” the report read.

PITCHES

At the council’s Infrastructure Committee meeting last Thursday, Arthur “Sonny” Spiegel of Plattsburgh Boat Basin said they have been successful in the marina business in the city for a long time and can continue that trend.

“We have operated what is, without a doubt, one of the most successful, most in-demand marinas on Lake Champlain for 17 years,” Spiegel said.

Yanik Aube of Navtours said he believes his company can make the area attractive to visitors.

“It’s not about Navtours. It’s about people from Plattsburgh and all around enjoying the lake,” he said.

The developer that is selected by the council will negotiate a final deal with the city before actually starting its development.

‘ALL ENTHUSIASTIC’

Mayor Donald Kasprzak does not have a vote in the decision unless the council is deadlocked.

He is not supporting either proposal publicly.

“While we are all enthusiastic and anxious about waterfront development, I am uncomfortable supporting either proposal at this time,” he said.

“There are still many questions left to answer, and my preference would be to allow a new mayor and council more time to pursue the details as a priority for 2014 instead of choosing a developer now.”

Kasprzak, who is not running for re-election, said he believes that while mulling the choice, the city could pursue boat-mooring revenue at the downtown site and at Wilcox Dock for next year.

“It will be interesting to see how the Common Council will approach this issue at Tuesday’s meeting,” the mayor said.

Email Joe LoTemplio:jlotemplio@pressrepublican.com

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