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Developer Jake Johnson proposes St. Lawrence River resort

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WATERTOWN — Local real developer Jake Johnson is proposing to operate a summer resort on a series of islands on the St. Lawrence River in the town of Alexandria, a few hundred feet from the Canadian border.

In 2019, Mr. Johnson purchased 3.9 acres on Sport Island for $1.25 million from an Atlanta company and now plans to create the summer resort on the island.

According to Jefferson County planner Andy R. Nevin, Mr. Johnson has been renovating single-family homes consisting of 10, five, three and two bedrooms, as well as a boathouse, on Sport Island, Little Lehigh and three other islands for the venture.

He’s also proposing a marina with about 30 boat slips, a tiki bar and an event venue.

The site would be just a few hundred feet from the Canadian border, Mr. Nevin said.

Under one concept, Mr. Johnson, doing business as Sport Island Holdings LLC, would provide food service for the people staying at the resort, Mr. Nevin said.

“It’s one of the ideas he has,” Mr. Nevin said.

Mr. Johnson could not be reached for comment.

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