Beach return group exceeds $5,000 goal

SARANAC LAKE – A group of local residents who want to bring the village beach back to Lake Flower have surpassed their fundraising goal for a feasibility study on the project.

Shawn Boyer of the Lake Flower Beach Return committee told the village board Monday that his group had collected $5,150.37 in donations. The total includes $4,650.37 in individual contributions and a $500 anonymous donation made directly to the village.

Mayor Clyde Rabideau congratulated the group on meeting its goal.

“Regardless of how anyone feels about the subject, it should be recognized that you went out in the community and raised $5,000 just by nickel and dime donations,” he said. “That says something about your initiative and your perseverance, and it does speak to your support. We’ll partner with you and find out if it’s feasible.”

At a meeting earlier this month, the village board agreed to issue a request for proposals on the feasibility study once the group had reached the $5,000 mark. The village set aside $5,000 of its own earlier this year to contribute to the study.

Boyer’s group wants to relocate the beach back to Lake Flower, where it was until the 1970s, when it was closed as part of the state’s widening of River Street to a four-lane highway. A new village beach was created at Lake Colby, where it is today.