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Potential developers looking at revitalizing Snug Harbor

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CAPE VINCENT — Snug Harbor may get a facelift soon with potential developers looking at building cabins on vacant lots at the mobile home park.

Plans are still preliminary, but Norm L. Wightman and John D. Lenox — organizers of the New York Sportsman’s Expo in Syracuse — said they have a vision to revitalize the 8.8-acre site at 28616 County Route 6 nestled in Mud Bay.

At this point, Mr. Lenox, of Olean, and Mr. Wightman, of Weedsport, are acting as business consultants to property owner Mark Guzewicz. They might arrange a formal partnership as the anticipated development progresses.

“We’re excited. It’s a beautiful piece of property in a beautiful region,” Mr. Lenox said.

Mr. Wightman said he was introduced to Mud Bay through a friend and quickly fell in love with the region.

“First, I fell in love with the area and then I fell in love with the fishing. It’s world-class fishing,” said Mr. Wightman.

Mr. Wightman and Mr. Lenox are co-owners of Wight-Ox Enterprises, Little Genesee, which owns the NY Sportsman’s Expo and produces a hunting TV show — “Rush Outdoors” —that airs on Time Warner Cable Sports of Central NY.

Mr. Wightman said “stage one” of their three-part plan is cleaning up the property, which has already begun.

The second step is filling all of the available lots with stick-built cabins. Tenants will own the cabins but the land will be leased on a seasonal basis — May 1 to Columbus Day.

Currently, 33 of the 41 lots at the mobile home park are occupied.

Finally, the potential developers hope to make the area generally more appealing to visitors and residents.

The mobile home park would be renamed the Resort at Snug Harbor.

“Officials with Jefferson County and Cape Vincent have gone above and beyond to help us and the project, so far, is being extremely well-received,” Mr. Wightman said. “It’s just a wonderful opportunity.”

Town Planning Board Chairman Robert S. Brown said this is a new type of development for Cape Vincent.

“The concept is intriguing. The combination of mobile homes and locally fabricated homes, this is the first time anything like this has come up,” Mr. Brown said.

A pre-hearing conference on the proposed development project will be held at the Planning Board’s Oct. 9 meeting.

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