A bigger occupancy tax would just give ORDA more money to eliminate glades and add another gondola at Gore (which are both in the plan, if not the budget). The Adirondacks don't need subsidized housing, I bet it's easier for a Lake Placid bartender to find housing within an hour's trip than it is for a Manhattan bartender, or maybe even a Saratoga Springs bartender. Do you really want the State to get into subsidized housing? Where does that end?
The better housing solution is local zoning that encourages affordable housing. If you want affordable housing in LP, all you need to do is ban short term rentals, the way Lake George did. That would make LP a nice place to live, especially if you were retired and could spend January in Costa Rica.
The only way to have affordable housing is if there is government intervention with some kind of motivation. Developers with a buildable property will always maximize the profit unless there is a $$$$ reason to build affordable housing - more units on the lot than allowed, property tax breaks, cheap building loans, etc.
It is difficult to ban short term rentals since so much of the rental market serves weekend rentals.
I took a survey at work today that identified the generational cutoffs and it put millenials as ‘81-‘95. Gen Z was ‘96- 2003 so I guess the14 yr olds (2005) are still un-categorized. I also noticed that they liked to include where the victims were from when they were out-of-staters
I'm not saying rescues didn't happen when I was a kid because they did. However, I think a higher percentage of kids back then had more experience in the woods. Seems like inexperience played a part with some of these.