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Skaneateles dock proposal makes waves

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The Skaneateles Chamber of Commerce says it has a new way to improve safety and make Skaneateles Lake more enjoyable. It comes in the form of a new dock. But the people who would have to look at it aren't so sure they like the idea. Our Andrew Sorensen tells us why the proposal is making waves and what it means for visitors.

SKANEATELES, N.Y. -- A nice day, even in December, will bring out a decent crowd to check out the view from the dock in Skaneateles.

"You've got this jewel in the middle of Central New York. It's beautiful," visitor Mary Kane said.

"The lake is my favorite place on Earth," Skaneateles resident Debbie Eaton Meyer said.

But the Skaneateles Chamber of Commerce has a new plan that some feel could break up that love affair with the lake. It's a plan, however, the chamber says is necessary.

Executive Director Susan Dove explained, "The docks are getting old and the people that put them in and take them out are getting older and more tired."

The chamber says they want to replace the temporary boat docks they bring out in June and drag in come October with a permanent dock.

"When it's really nice on days like today, we would love to have people out there and be able to use the docks and come to the village if they wanted to," Dove said.

The main change, Dove said, is safety with an increased width and a break water to protect the boats and everything else along the shore.

"One of the things a break wall would do would be to protect that sea wall from high damaging winds and waves," she said.

But people soaking in the view, like Eaton Meyer and her kindergarten class, have mixed views on the addition.

"I just worry about the ecosystem and what it's going to do to the fishing," she said.

While the extra boat space could be good for tourism, others think the boats could be in the way.

"I would say it would be a detriment to the overall view, but if that's progress, then I guess that's going to be it," Canadian visitor Christopher Reynolds said.

But you don't need to worry about something blocking your view quite yet. The chamber says it could be a long time before they get to dive in on this project.

"It absolutely is just a proposal," said Dove. "And we are very willing to make changes and see what people want and can live with."

They'll eventually need to get approval from the City of Syracuse, because the city controls the water. But they hope to get the village and the public on board before they set sail on the project.

The Skaneateles Chamber plans to have informational meetings to get community input starting in January.

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