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To The Editor:
I, for one, am tired of hysterical few in the Catskill Heritage Alliance raising absurd, outdated complaints about The Belleayre Resort.

They continue to bemoan the “behemoth” resort despite the fact the resort has been reduced by 62 percent. They insist on labeling it a self-contained resort built on a mountaintop, when that’s simply not true. All buildings have been moved off the ridge top. Rather than sucking the vitality out of the towns and villages, visitors who have a place to stay here are more likely to explore the area instead of day tripping. Resort guests are expected to spend in excess of $10 million annually in area shops and recreational venues.

The misinformation is spreading. We have the Atlantic Chapter of the Sierra Club, The New York New Jersey Trail Conference and the Adirondack Mountain Club weighing in on what can or cannot happen in our backyard. They are perfectly happy to pack a lunch, drop in for a hike and drive home. Home where they are able to enjoy the amenities we are not allowed to have. Home where villages and restaurants thrive, where recreational assets like swimming pools and tennis courts are permitted.

They will tell you this is not what they want for “our park.” If it’s “our park,” shouldn’t the people most affected, the people who live in the park, have the final say?

Don’t let these organizations hijack home rule. It’s time for the residents and businesses to speak up and support the full build out of the Belleayre Ski Center and the building of The Revised Belleayre Resort.

Alexandria Stanley,
Shandaken