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Eliot Spitzer

Long-planned resort in Catskill Mountains clears big hurdle

A $365 million Catskill Mountains resort planned since before this century is a big step closer to offering guests a posh place to golf or ski. On Friday, New York Environmental Commissioner Joe Martens ordered state permits to be issued for the planned Belleayre Resort at Catskill Park, which is to include two hotels, a golf course and a spa next to the state-run Belleayre Mountain Ski Center. Developers who are trying to create a year-round destination resort 100 miles north of Manhattan have faced an unusually prolonged environmental review amid opposition. "Obviously, had one stood at the base of a ladder in 1998 and realized how high it was, one would have been hesitant about...