To the editor:
After months of frenzied activity and anxiety related to the proposed Victory Sports complex and its potential negative impact on the lake, local infrastructure and overall quality of life in Skaneateles, people may have become complacent.
Yes, the village has requested clarification of the Victory Sports application for water that appears to grossly underestimate projected water usage. Yes, the Town Zoning Board of Appeals has been inundated with comments from residents who are opposed to the height of proposed lights. Yes, the Town Planning Board has expressed concern about details in the environmental review paperwork. And yes, awareness has been raised by Citizens to Preserve the Character of Skaneateles.
But, contrary to wishful thinking, the project has not gone away. The developer has not realized that “we don’t want it, so he won’t build it” because “why would he want to do something that people don’t want?” The developer has not backed off or shown interest in scaling back the project. Instead, he has doubled-down, hiring additional, presumably well-paid lawyers to promote his project over the objections of the people he has called “friends” and “neighbors” and despite concerns of the authorities who are entrusted with the health and well-being of the people Skaneateles.
It’s time for us to double-down, too.
CPCS has hired an attorney to help represent the best interests of our community. He is a sincere and dedicated person, but he does not work for free. CPCS is also footing the bill for various studies on the potential impact of this development on our infrastructure, quality of life and, of course, the lake. CPCS needs your financial support. Please go to fundly.com/cpcs to donate, or send your donation to CPCS, P.O. Box 689, Skaneateles, N.Y. 13152.
Donna R. Himelfarb