Category: Niagara Falls News

    $15 million plan for Niagara Falls ‘beach club’ draws controversy

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    From WKBW Channel 7 in Buffalo:

    A proposed $15 million “beach and surf club” in downtown Niagara Falls has been tangled up in controversy over whether the developer “copied and pasted” artist renderings from a defunct project in Japan.

    Developer Michael DiCienzo is seeking $4 million in public subsidies for his year-round surf club concept, which would be built on to his Sheraton hotel on Third Street and would include a retractable roof, a wave pool and even marine animals.

    “[I’m] absolutely excited,” said Niagara Falls City Councilman Kenny Tompkins. “Can’t wait for something like this to come to fruition here in the Falls.”

    Niagara Parks notes road closures on holiday weekend

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    From Niagara This Week:

    If you’re heading to Niagara Parks property or attractions on the long Civic Holiday weekend, the commission said that people should be aware of some road closures.

    The holiday weekend is a chance to witness the Siege of Fort Erie Re-enactment or to take in a free live concert following by fireworks over the falls, the Parks said. To handle the lineup of events and celebrations planned, the following road closures will be in effect on Sunday, Aug. 4

    Skratch to document World Long Drive champion Maurice Allen’s attempt to be the first person to drive a golf ball across Niagara Falls

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    From PGATour.com:

    Skratch announced that Season 2 of “Is It Driveable presented by Avis” will feature World Long Drive champion Maurice Allen’s attempt to be the first person to drive a golf ball across Niagara Falls. The first episode in the three-part series will appear on July 30, with the remaining episodes being released on consecutive days at www.skratchtv.com.

    Apparently he was successful. See the Niagara Parks tweet about it.

    Niagara Distillery Opens In Niagara Falls

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    From a PR Web press release:

    The newest restaurant and attraction in Niagara Falls, Ontario is now open; Niagara Distillery & Billy Bones BBQ. The innovative restaurant opened its door to the public on Wednesday, and has already grabbed the attention of tourists and locals alike. This unique venue is located at the corner of Clifton Hill and Falls Avenue, just steps from Niagara Falls. The new restaurant specializes in hand-crafted spirits and deeply smoked BBQ selections from legendary competition favourite Billy Bones.

    Striking workers at Niagara Falls’ Rainforest Café secure first contract

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    After 80 days on strike, the workers at Rainforest Café on Clifton Hill in Niagara Falls and the restaurant’s owners have been ordered to enter into a first contract.

    The order came from Ontario Labour Relations Board vice-chair Patrick Kelly, who issued the decision late in the afternoon Wednesday stating he knew it was a difficult process.

    The workers, represented by Workers United Local 2347, walked off the job April 7 after they had been unable to reach a collective agreement with management a year after workers voted to unionize.

    Canada passes ‘Free Willy’ bill; outlaws whale, dolphin captivity and breeding

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    From Media Entertainment Arts WorldWide:

    A bill to ban whale and dolphin captivity in Canada is finally set to become law after a sinuous process that took over three years to reach a conclusion.

    The House of Commons passed Bill S-203 on Monday morning. The legislation will help outlaw captive breeding and the import or export of whales, their embryos, or sperm, Canadian paper National Post reports…

    As of now, only two facilities in Canada keep whales captive. These include the Vancouver Aquarium and Marineland, a theme park in Niagara Falls, Ontario.

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    Marineland confirms walrus death, two deer killed in opening day stampede

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    From CTVNews.ca:

    Controversial Canadian waterpark Marineland has announced the death of one of its walruses, days after “demonstrators” were blamed for causing a stampede that led to the deaths of two deer.

    The tourist attraction in Niagara Falls, Ont. announced Apollo’s death on Tuesday, confirming the 18-year-old animal died of a heart attack in late April.

    Architect Emilio Raimondo leaves his mark on Niagara

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    From Niagara This Week:

    When Canadian Niagara Hotels wanted to build a massive new water park on Falls Avenue in Niagara Falls, they turned to Emilio Raimondo and his team at Raimondo + Associates Architects Inc. to overcome a unique challenge.

    It had to be built atop an existing parking garage.

    “Putting a building atop a building is complex,” said Raimondo.

    An old Niagara Falls attraction is getting new life

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    From WKBW Channel 7 in Buffalo:

    An old Niagara Falls attraction is getting new life.

    For the first time in 29 years, a funicular will be transporting people from the bottom of Clifton Hill into the Niagara Gorge.

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    Niagara Falls Spa Joins the Top 10 Spas in Ontario

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    From a PR Web press release:

    A near perfect score has boosted Serenity Spa by the Falls to the ranks of prestigious Spas in the Province. The Niagara Falls Spa is now rated in the Top 10 Best Spas in Ontario on TripAdvisor.

    Guest experiences at Serenity Spa have been shared in 320 reviews on TripAdvisor – the World’s largest online travel community. A trusted source of customer driven content, TripAdvisor hosts more than 600 million unbiased travel reviews.

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