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Why not use Caz waterfront to encourage tourism?

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor:

While we appreciate neighbors’ concerns, we agree with Charlie Andrews’ letter that it would be nice to allow Circa to become a waterfront restaurant, especially in a location that’s already designated for commercial applications. A waterfront location is a great draw, and the restaurant wouldn’t have to become a noisemaker. Like the lawn at the Brae Loch, more outdoor tables with umbrellas would add to the village ambiance, and there is a lovely creek walk across the street.

In the community's current quest to promote tourism and generate jobs and revenue, such as the Empire Brewery, it would be a good idea if the village and town took an objective look at the waterfront and its potential to welcome visitors and the revenue it could add to our community. In spite of the fact that everyone refers to Cazenovia Lake as the area’s crown jewel, little or nothing is done to welcome boaters who are willing to spend money … provided they have a place to tie up.

As professional boaters, we pass through many waterfront communities between Lake Ontario and Southwest Florida. Most welcome boaters and the money they spend in their communities, however small. Caz Lake, on the other hand, discourages visiting boaters and has the most stringent launch policing of any community where we travel and/or boat. What would make more sense is restricting the size and horsepower of vessels to maintain quality of life and safety. Instead, the community discourages nonresident boaters and inherently discourages those who live in the camps and homes on the west side and north end of the lake from visiting the village by boat, which would be a pleasant way to while away an afternoon or evening, shopping, dining or enjoying the parks and concerts. Travelling to a village by boat is fun, but on Caz Lake, other than the Brewster Inn for dining or Willowbank or Caz Club for members, there are currently no boating destinations.

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