Saranac Lake Village Mayor Clyde Rabideau issued a statement concerning the potential distribution of Franklin County tourism money and bed tax proceeds. The Mayors comments follow reaction from Village of Tupper Lake Trustee Rick Donah.. and Tupper Lake’s Mayor and Franklin County Legislator Paul Maroun.. Donah says while the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism is a very well run organization with a lot of resources for Essex County but Tupper Lake and Franklin County are part of this area.. Maroun said he spoke out at the Franklin County Meeting and agrees with Donah on this issue. and he continued by saying he thought allowing the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism in Lake Placid to take over for Saranac Lake’s Chamber of Commerce could be counter productive.
Franklin County is currently budgeting $216,765 for tourism in 2013 which is earmarked mainly for state-matched advertising in metro areas. The County Manager, Tom Leitz, has also proposed to use $25,000 to help promote fishing tournaments with a St. Lawrence County based outfit and $25,000 for a grant writing aimed at agri-tourism.
Rabideau agreed, says Any money coming out of Franklin County for tourism and marketing should be fairly distributed to each township or region or the money should be used a truly county-wide tourism effort.” And he continued by saying “It’s a fact that our county is divided into two tourism regions; north and south; the St. Lawrence Valley and the Adirondacks, which underscores the necessity for the county to equally allocate its tourism money to effect the proper marketing in each region. Tupper Lake and Saranac Lake are obviously in the Adirondack region and represent a significant chunk of the county’s tax base. It would be unfair to give money to one town and not the other.”
Both Tupper Lake and Saranac Lake have its own chamber of commerce, however, the Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce wants to have its marketing done through ROOST which now only markets Essex County, which includes a portion of Saranac Lake.