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Waterpark taking shape in shadow of new casino Above, an artist’s rendering of the completed Kartrite Hotel and Indoor Water Park. Below, work is progressing quickly on the project.

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he new Kartrite Hotel and Indoor Waterpark is quickly rising out of the ground on the Resorts World Catskills campus, a little more than a stone’s throw away from the blackjack tables and roulette wheels of the world-famous casino. “The Kartrite project is a continuation of the momentum accelerated by the Resorts World project to the economic resurgence of The Sullivan Catskills.” Sullivan County Partnership President and CEO Marc Baez said. “The casino legislation is accomplishing exactly what it was intended to do in Sullivan County. Much of the wall construction is already in place. With an anticipated grand opening in nearly a year, the waterpark contractors are working hard to make it a reality. Located in Monticello, the Kartrite will

feature two acres of exhilarating fourseason indoor waterpark space and a luxury hotel with 324 exquisitely designed guest suites. The new project is owned by Ken Ellis and Arthur Berry III, co-owners of the Poconos’ premier adventure destination, Camelback Resort.

Ellis and Berry are recognized nationally as the innovators behind the awarewinning Camelback Lodge & Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark located in Tannersville, Pa. Their newest development in Monticello will allow them to raise the bar for family friendly adventure once again.

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“We’re building upon the familyfocused thrills and amenities that have made Camelback Resort & Aquatopia a premier destination in the Pocono Mountains,” said Berry. “The Kartrite’s location at the Resorts World Catskills property provides a unique opportunity for us to deliver a whole new adventure for guests as part of a true global destination.” The Kartrite’s namesake is the mysterious and inspiring worldly explorer character, Kartrite Van Der Berris. The beloved character was introduced on the Camelback property and is a fitting i nspiration for the new world-class hotel and waterpark. The Kartrite will feature multiple innovative restaurants, a relaxing spa, a ropes course, and an arcade. Baez said, “We are truly excited to have another world-class project being built in Sullivan County. “This added attraction and additional

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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE Growth and balance are not mutually exclusive

To the People: With the impending growth that is clearly here now and for the foreseeable future, our ability to balance this growth while encouraging more will be the key to our economic success. Let there be no mistake, we are about to enter an era of growth in Sullivan County that we have not seen for many decades. The foundation has now been set with Resorts World Catskills and YO1. And while we need to address structural deficiencies in infrastructure, downtown aesthetics and housing among others, pioneers in those areas are beginning to make significant investments respectively. There is genuine interest now by developers, national financing houses, international development and those simply expanding or starting businesses to serve the expected market expansion locally. It’s about time. It has been said that communities that are not growing are dying. We have certainly experienced that. And yet, shockingly, there are some that panic at the

thought that growth will be taking place, that in their eyes will dramatically change Sullivan County for the worse. Well, they are right. CEO/President Marc Baez Not for the reasons claimed. There will be no doom and gloom. We CAN have growth and balance at the same time. We CAN promote development that provides proper balance in our community. What gets lost in the dialogue is that Sullivan County lost massive amounts of investment, and jobs for decades, creating what was thought to be an impossible imbalance to overcome. That is changing rapidly. In 2011 the Open Space Institute study “Private Lands, Public Benefits” revealed that “Development can quadruple before needing to replace regionally identified open space resources… This suggests that a win-win for conservation and development IS possible.” (My emphasis on IS). Sullivan County has the greatest percentage for land

(30%) available for development, the study additionally concluded. In other words, there is much room for development that allows us to encourage diverse, balanced growth in as broad a sector pool as local laws allow. This will allow us to continue the momentum now created by our recent signature projects, all without negatively impacting our bucolic existence. That is exactly what is now occurring. We will continue on our path to promote sustainable development across many sectors in order to keep our community growing. After all, communities that are growing are not dying. Sincerely,

Marc Baez President, Sullivan County Partnership for Economic Development

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friendly,” Baez said. “This is certainly making a difference in the number of new businesses which are able to open their doors.”

$250,000 Year-Long Sweepstakes As an exciting prelude to its grand opening, the new Kartrite Hotel & Indoor Waterpark at Resorts World Catskills is launching the “Adventure of a Lifetime” Sweepstakes. This year-long contest, hosted at www.camelbackwin.com, launched on January 17 and will run through Dec. 31, 2018.

In total, the giveaway prizes will have a value of $250,000. The “Adventure of a Lifetime” Sweepstakes provides participants with opportunities to win at three separate prize levels – the Epic Instant Win Prizes as part of the ‘Spin to Play,’ a large quarterly prize, and one final grand prize – the “Adventure of a Lifetime.” Visitors to www.camelbackwin.com who submit their full name, email address, home state and zip code of residence will be automatically entered into the Sweepstakes.

Above, Outdoor areas, restaurants, a relaxing spa and ropes course will all be available at Kartrite. At right, this photo was taken last week and shows the hotel and water park beginning to take shape. 324 rooms will certainly contribute to the economy of Sullivan County as well as add much-needed employment for another 600 people,” Baez said. “Sullivan County is ready for more.” And Baez is quick to point out that with Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, a host of distilling and brewing companies,

many established businesses on local Main Streets and new businesses poised to move into the county, Sullivan County is earning a reputation as one of the busiest counties in the state. “With the support of our legislature and many local government officials, Sullivan County is becoming more business

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ames Bates has been in the economic development field for more than 20 years. And when he says ‘in the field’ it is almost a literal term. Jim shows up before the project starts and, in most instances, is staring at a vacant piece of property. “When I first meet with developers I learn about their vision,” Jim said. “They say, ‘can I put this project on this piece of property?’ “I’m there to give them good guidance,” he said. “Is the parcel zoned properly? Is it too steep? Are there slopes? Are there any other issues?’” By looking at these issues before a developer purchases property, or goes before a planning board, Jim is able to make sure things run a little more smoothly and cost efficiently.

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Leo Castillo, left, president of LC Construction and Sons, Inc. talks with Environmental Consultant Jim Bates from Ecological Analysis, LLC in Middletown during a project build in the Town of Thompson in 2015.

“It’s always good to show up [before the planning board] with a verified review,” he said. “And to know that the project fits in with what the town [has in their planning code].” Ecological Analysis is based in Middletown, but it covers the entire Hudson Valley, and will go as far as Binghamton and the Canadian border to help projects through the permitting and building process. The company specializes in wetlands, ecology, planning, stormwater project management, permitting, and aquaculture consulting. “We do everything the engineers don’t do,” he said. “Wetlands, visual review – we end up doing all those studies. “I’ve worked for a lot of different companies, both big and small,” Jim Please see ANALYSIS, page 6E

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said. “From a half-acre project to 2,000 acres.” That includes backyard pool projects to helping with a 2,500-unit subdivision in the Town of Forestburgh named Lost Lake. “We are constantly doing projects,” he said. And Ecological Analysis follows through on its promises, often staying on-site until the project is complete. “The state [Dept. of Environmental Conservation] always requires someone to monitor a work site,” he said. “From before, during and, for a limited time, after the project is complete. “We monitor runoff and other issues,” he said. And when Jim is not in the field or his office, he can sometimes be found at a Planning Board meeting, representing a client. “We explain the benefits of projects to the planning board,” he said. “It gives credence to the project.” With both a wetlands and erosion control certification, Jim is well qualified to speak on the environmental impacts of projects.

His company can also author the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) study, which is a standard requirement for most economic development projects.

Sullivan is moving ahead Jim is very optimistic about economic development in Sullivan County and feels many of the pieces are in place to facilitate growth. Currently the Vice Chairman of the Sullivan County Partnership for Economic Development, Jim said, “The Partnership is vital". “The Partnership is molding everything together, especially with the corridor study and the work they are doing with many other projects. “The networking is also getting better, but these things take time,” he said. “I’ve taught two SEQRA workshops for the Partnership,” he said. “We had over 200 people attend each one from as far away as Dutchess, Ulster and Orange counties. “This is an important piece of helping to educate government officials,” he said.

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ullivan Renaissance has opened registration for its Spring Market and Annual Conference. This year’s event will take place the weekend of April 27-28. “Love Where You Live” is a sentiment that has become a tangible representation of the hard work and dedication of hundreds of volunteers throughout the communities in Sullivan County, NY. On Friday, April 27th, join Sullivan Renaissance in a collaborative effort with Sullivan 180 to welcome Dr. Joel Fuhrman – renowned family physician and author who has appeared on Dr. Oz, Good Morning America, and PBS. Dr. Fuhrman will talk about “Eating Your Way to Better Health – Good Nutrition: A Powerful Tool to Prevent and Reverse Disease”. He will provide tips on how making small adjustments to the types of foods you eat can impact you in great ways! In his 25 years of practice, Dr. Fuhrman has shown that it is possible to achieve and maintain weight loss, reverse heart disease, diabetes and other illnesses using smart nutrition. Doors open at 4:30 PM at Bethel Woods

Center for the Arts Event Gallery. A reception and book signing will follow. On Saturday, April 28th Sullivan Renaissance welcomes you back to Bethel Woods for the Spring Market and Annual Conference. Celebrate the love of the place we all call home. The day kicks off at 9:00 am in the Event Gallery. Assemblywoman Aileen

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rules the garden. Jill Holland will be presenting on tools and activities for self-care and personal sustainability. “Fill It Up, Please! Supporting Our Communities Begins with Ourselves� will explain how individual mindful practices can support the well-being and effectiveness of the workplace as a whole. The Spring Market will be open throughout the day from 10:30 am – 4:00 pm on Saturday, April 28th. Enjoy an afternoon of shopping a variety of the best local vendors and nurseries. From baked goods, to homemade

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018 is off to a busy start. The 2018 Sullivan Catskills travel guide is already seeing re-distribution at various information centers along the I-87 corridor and Rte. 81 information centers. The guide was well received at over 15 trade and travel shows that the Sullivan County Visitors Assn. (SCVA) attends with its member partners as well. SCVA’s website and social media platforms continue to develop new strategies to add new followers and interaction from visitors. The Sullivan Catskills has been doing numerous print and digital placements in anticipation of luring the potential travelers as it is the goal to make 2018 even more successful than 2017 in increasing visitor spending, sales tax and room tax. With SCVA’s increased marketing efforts to the international market, the

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“FAM Tours offer the perfect opportunity to bring writers and tourism professionals into the Sullivan Catskills for a taste of what we offer domestic and international travelers,” Roberta Byron Lockwood, President and CEO, Sullivan Catskills Visitors Association, said. “We’re basically creating the Sullivan Catskills experience and acting as their tour guides for 2-3 days.” At the end of February, SCVA hosted a FAM Tour for press and tourism professionals from Ireland and Scotland. The primary objective was to promote the Catskill region as a “must see” destination. This latest FAM highlighted our two new attractions – Resorts World Catskills and Yo1 Wellness Center – adding to our legendary Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Catskill Distilling Co., Morgan Outdoors and Prohibition Distillery. “The Irish and Scottish travel sector is untapped territory,” Herb Clark, Vice President Marketing, Sullivan Catskills Visitors Association, said. “With direct service on Norwegian Airlines from Scotland and Ireland to Newburgh’s Stewart International Airport at very

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uperintendent Kristina Heister announced the appointment of Jennifer Z. Claster to the newly-established position of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Community and Land Use Plannerâ&#x20AC;? at Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River. Ms. Claster will provide professional planning, technical, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and compliance assistance to NPS management and the Upper Delaware community in assuring that land use issues and growth within the river corridor fulfill the intent of Congress when it established the park. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ms. Claster will become an integral part of the team that reviews local, state, and county codes, ordinances, regulations and significant projects to determine compliance with the Upper Delaware Land and Water Use Guidelines and the Upper Delaware River Management Plan,â&#x20AC;? said Heister. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are excited to have someone on board with skills that will be valuable both to the local community and in accomplishing traditional â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;park planningâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;.â&#x20AC;? For the past fifteen years, Jennifer has practiced planning and landscape architecture at design and engineering firms in Vermont and Maine, most recently in her own practice, with a focus on parks, trails, streetscapes and land use planning. She also taught landscape design at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and Southern Maine Community College.

Jennifer has also promoted the use of Maine native plants by serving on the board of the non-profit Wild Seed Project and advocated for bicycle and pedestrian improvements as a member of the South Portland Bike-Ped Committee. A Reading, Pennsylvania native, Jennifer earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Community, Regional, and Environmental Studies from Bard College in Annandaleon-Hudson, New York, and a Master of Landscape Architecture degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Jenniferâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s partner, Jake, and their two cats, Dora and Diego, will accompany her in her move. She will begin her assignment at Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River on April 29.

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Liberty announces Foreclosure Prevention program seminar T

he Town of Liberty will be hosting two Foreclosure Prevention Program seminars to help struggling families at risk of losing their homes. The Foreclosure Prevention Program seminars will be held on Saturday April 21 at 1:30 p.m. at the Senior Citizen Center, 119 North Main Street in Liberty. Programs under the direction of the NYS Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman, are being implemented to prevent the creation of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Zombieâ&#x20AC;? properties. As homeowners fall behind in their mortgage payments and are notified of a foreclosure proceeding, they leave their homes. Consequently, no maintenance is done, and these houses fall into disrepair. These abandoned, vacant and unmaintained properties are known as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Zombieâ&#x20AC;? properties. The three signature programs

offered by the NYS Attorney General to help families fighting to stay in their homes or to avoid foreclosures are the Homeowners Protection Program (HOPP), the New York State Mortgage Assistance Program (MAP) and AGScamHelp.com. Residents interested in the Foreclosure Prevention Program, can contact 1800-771-7755 or visit www.ag.ny.gov. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We encourage residents to take advantage of these programs and utilize the various services offered,â&#x20AC;? said Liberty Town Supervisor Brian Rourke. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The two seminars we are offering in March and April will be a helpful resource to our residents interested in learning more about the Foreclosure Prevention Program.â&#x20AC;? For more information, call (845) 292-7690. Also visit the Town of Libertyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website: www.townofliberty.org.


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