ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A midlevel New York court says a man needed local approval to build two boathouses on Lake Placid because the state doesn't have exclusive jurisdiction over the waterway.
The Appellate Division court says the Adirondack lake is not owned by the state in its sovereign capacity, unlike the land under New York's tidal and boundary waters, the Hudson and Mohawk rivers and some major inland lakes such as Lake George.
The court also says state navigation law does not exclusively control the placement of docks or other structures in otherwise navigable waterways, or in this case infringe on the Town of North Elba's code to regulate boathouse construction.
The court is reinstating the town suit against William Grimditch Jr. and his children who built two boathouses without town building permits.
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