Will A Beach Ever Be A Possibility For Onondaga Lake?

posted by Tom Owens - 

If you build it, will they come? Well they may, but will you build it first?  The beach, that is. The Onondaga County Legislature voted 12-5 to spend $440,000 ($330,000 from a state grant) to study and design a beach on Onondaga Lake. One condition though: legislators made it clear, through a unanimous vote taken after the study vote, they have not committed to actually building the beach. Huh?

Legislator Michael Plochocki, R-Marcellus, Chairman of the Environmental Protection Committee, stated that “this is only a study.” He added that “All the legislature is doing today is voting on the study to look into the issue.” The legislature will begin accepting bids from contractors to complete the study and design a beach soon. Water tests taken over the past few years have shown that the northern two-thirds of the lake is clean enough for swimming. 

Several legislators stated that the county should have higher priorities other than a beach. Kevin Holmquist, R-East Syracuse, stated that the county has “other issues we should be discussing, like infrastructure and our roads.”  So, we will spend it, but we might not build it. Interesting. 

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