Here at NCPR we’ve covered the debate over the Adirondack Club and Resort so exhaustively that we sometimes get lost in the weeds and the detail. It’s refreshing when a journalist from “outside” comes in and takes a new, broad look at the dispute in Tupper Lake.
That’s what Hart Seely at the Syracuse Post-Standard has done. His report gives a broad, balanced, human look at a complicated battle that has raged now for nearly a decade. Seely gets at the heart of just how nasty this dust-up has become.
Lately, the local paper has treated Phyllis Thompson like Public Enemy No. 1. In the normally congenial pages of the Tupper Lake Free Press, she’s become “Queen Phyllis,” a “bully” who throws her weight around, putting neighbors out of work. One letter writer encouraged local businesses to deny her service, and an editorial piped in, “Who can blame them?”
Ouch. Thompson is, of course, a 69-year-old landowner who has joined in the lawsuit aimed at invalidating Adirondack Park Agency permits for the new resort. Read the full article here. It’s a great, broad primer on the whole affair.