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Lake Placid, North Elba name short-term rental appeals board members

LAKE PLACID — The Lake Placid Village Board of Trustees and North Elba Town Council have appointed five people to a new short-term rental appeals board.

The appeals board will rule on disputes over enforcement of the town and village’s joint short-term rental law, which went into effect in March. If property owners’ short-term rental permit applications are denied or they receive notice of a violation that requires suspending operation, they can appeal to this board, which will have power to overturn the Building and Planning Department’s ruling.

The new members of the board are Bob DiMarco, a local contractor and volunteer; Lori Fitzgerald, director of sales and marketing for the High Peaks Resort and a member of the Lake Placid Business Association; David Genito, a local information technology professional; Gail Lautenschuetz, the owner of a cleaning service that serves short-term rentals; and Yvonne Raymonda, a local property owner.

When the village board weighed in on the appointees at its meeting on May 18, Trustee Jason Leon was the lone no vote on the slate of candidates that were put forward.

Leon said he decided to vote no because he would prefer there not be a short-term rental owner on the board.

“I understand the need for a short-term rental voice on the board, but history has shown that businesses have not always done the best job when it comes to regulating themselves,” he said.

The members of the board will have staggered terms, similar to the town and village’s Joint Review Board.

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