St. Lawence County legislators praise Bassmasters, but want to see it stay local in future
BY JIMMY LAWTON
North Country This Week
CANTON — St. Lawrence County Legislators called the Bassmaster’s Elite Series a success, but some said they'd like to see anglers stay local if the county is going to continue to invest in the tournament.
Legislator David Forsythe asked how many boats left Waddington to fish, Legislator Kevin Acres said seven anglers went to Lake Ontario.Forsythe said that since the county is putting significant money toward the event he’d like to see the fishing take place locally.
He referenced a resolution passed two years ago that called for the event to take place on the river in their rules.
Legislator Joe Lightfoot agreed.
Legislator Jim Reagen asked if the county administrator to reach out to the people in charge of the tournament and organizers of the Massena tournament that if if they are going to use county money, the fishing should occur in the county.
While no action took place at the Services Committee Monday, no legislators raised objections to the directive.
Acres said despite the changes made to the event to the pandemic the tournament went well.
He said visitors gave rave reviews of the hospitality in Waddington and surrounding towns.
Acres said he also enjoyed some of the event on television.
Acres said that while he remembered the resolution in years past, he did not believe it was made for this tournament.