Update: April 8, 2013 – This BLOG POST WAS POSTED ON APRIL 1, 2013 AS AN APRIL FOOLS JOKE. THIS ARTICLE IS NOT TRUE.
In a bold move the New York State Office of Housing and Residential Development, an off-shoot of the recent expansion of the New York State Office of Development for Homes and Humans and Health announced today that the Adirondacks are closed for repairs. No visitors or vendors will be allowed inside the blue line until further notice until every single road has been fixed. The official date for closing is April 8th to give residents time to apply for residential cards and to stock up on larger supplies that won’t be able to arrive by traditional truck delivery.
Notices went out to all local businesses to stock up on necessary items for their customers as it was unclear when the roads would re-open to all delivery trucks in the region. NYSOHRD was anticipating all roads would be open by mid-summer in time for the new big Paddling Race that has been the talk at the state capital since it announced as the next must “get” big event in the Adirondacks.
Residents in Raquette Lake were thrilled to learn that the road connecting their community to Blue Mountain and Inlet was finally going to be addressed in light of the swift action taken to repair route 28N connecting Long Lake and Newcomb. Some community members noted they were worried about how they were going to get supplies. One resident asked this reporter, “if vendors can’t get to town, does that mean food delivery trucks? What about my chicken fingers at the Tap Room?”
To expedite the road fixing, the offices of the NYSOHR AND NYSDHH have requested that residents go to their local municipal offices and fill out applications to receive a Adirondack Resident’s card. This card is $45 for adults, $20 for children and free to seniors. This card will enable you to move freely between the blue line and the outside of the area. There will be check points at all entrances to the park. A representative from the NYSDHH who wished to remain anonymous, “If you don’t have a resident’s card, don’t bother coming in. Just turn around, because the Adirondack Park is closed until all the roads are fixed. It is simply a necessity in light of all the properties being purchased by the state. Road access must be made safer and available to everyone.”
Local town clerks will be issuing the Adirondack Residents Cards.
The only towns that don’t require an Adirondack Residents Cards are Lake Placid and Lake George.