South Down Shores and Long Bay are private communities comprised of approximately 600 condominiums and homes. The communities were established over 30 years ago. They account for approximately $5M in taxes and approximately 10% of the Laconia budget. Laconia provides few services to the communities and they are responsible for their roads, trash pickup and security.
The proposed route of the WOW trail will place a public thoroughfare directly through a private community. There will be no reasonable way to separate the public from the association's beaches, green space or private events.