Parking tickets draw Wallenda’s ire

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    So, last week WKBW Channel 7 in Buffalo had an article about how the City of Niagara Falls (New York) was preparing for Nik Wallenda’s walk:

    People are already lining the streets to see the Great Wallenda practice at the Seneca Niagara Casino for his June 15th trek across the gorge.

    Mayor Paul Dyster said there are many things to consider for the city and the Niagara Falls Parks Department.

    Their competitor, WIVB Channel 4 in Buffalo had a different take on what the city was doing:

    As daredevil Nik Wallenda works on his high-wire walk, it seems the City of Niagara Falls is cashing in on those watching him practice.

    Parking tickets are being issued while Wallenda walks at the Seneca Niagara Casino.

    “It is upsetting to me that people are coming form all over the place to see me rehearse and they’ve been getting tickets on the road as they’re watching me. That is upsetting to me,” Wallenda said.

    Anita made her third trip from Buffalo to Niagara Falls to watch Wallenda practice on Tuesday. When she heard parking tickets were being given out, she was outraged.

    “I think sometimes laws have to be tempered with brains,” she noted. “Instead of trying to capitalize on people trying to see this once in a lifetime event, in Niagara Falls, on the U.S. side, which is obviously depressed, they should be very happy people are here and treat them with respect so people want to come back and spend money with the local merchants.”

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