LAKE PLACID — Amid crowd and safety concerns an annual Halloween event that has grown over the years may be moved to downtown Lake Placid.
At a recent council meeting, Lake Placid Police Chief James Fansler said the Waters Edge Halloween event has been getting bigger over the past few years.
“This last year, having been the only municipality that chose to have Halloween on Halloween, we had thousands of people, which made the area even more dangerous and it’s getting more and more dangerous every year,” he said.
Fansler noted on the council agenda that last year, people were parking as far away as the CVS pharmacy and walking along County Road 621 to the Waters Edge community.
“Parents and children walking along CR 621 at night not paying attention to oncoming traffic and traffic not paying particular attention to pedestrians seems like a recipe for disaster,” he stated. “I have taken complaints from Waters Edge residents about trash and the demeanor of visitors during the Halloween event. It has become a burden to the community.”
The Waters Edge homeowners were agreeable to bringing the festivities to the downtown area to take the burden off their community, Fansler noted on the agenda.
Addressing the council, Fansler proposed bringing the event downtown to get the community and business owners involved.
“Block off Interlake and Main; make it a secure area, that way the people could walk around the area without having to worry about cars, golf carts, anything that is a danger,” he said. “It’s kind of a pro-community, pro-business idea.”
Councilman Ray Royce requested a detailed plan of the event from Fansler and Town Administrator Phil Williams.
Mayor John Holbrook said the chamber of commerce may want to be involved in the event.
Fansler said the Waters Edge Home Owners Association was happy to hear about the proposal to move the event.
“I haven’t found anybody who has a negative remark against it,” he added.