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    Wallenda Walk: Canadian Traffic And Parking Tips

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    From WGRZ Channel 2 in Buffalo (including video):

    “Rarely have we seen an event of this scale which requires the coordination of so many public service and emergency service agencies ,” remarked Douglas Kane, Chief of the Niagara Parks Police Service, as Canadian officials signed off on the integrated public safety plan they developed for Nik Wallenda’s historic tightrope walk across the world famous Horseshoe Falls, which is scheduled to occur one week from tonight.

    “We want to assure the public today that quite simply, we are prepared,” Kane said, during a Friday morning news conference at the Table Rock Visitors Centre.

    Daredevil’s wire-walk destiny set June 15

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    From the Buffalo News:

    American tourism officials had hoped for a later date — possibly in September — for Nik Wallenda to perform his tightrope walk over Niagara Falls.

    But they’re more than happy with the date government officials on both sides of the international border and the daredevil artist have agreed upon — June 15.

    Officials on the U.S. side had hoped for a date after Labor Day because they wanted more time to plan, and because the 2,000 downtown hotel rooms are typically booked through the summer tourist season without such a big event.

    Canadian officials preferred a June date because it would kick off their already-bustling summer tourist season. Roughly 16,000 hotel rooms will be available in Niagara Falls, Ont., with 10,000 located directly around the falls.

    With the date now set, the ultimate goal is to draw visitors to the two cities and send them home with a desire to return, tourism officials on both sides said.

    Wire-walk seen of more benefit to Falls, Ont.

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    From the Buffalo News:

    When Nik Wallenda walks a tightrope above Niagara Falls this summer, an unprecedented stream of spectators is expected to flock to the mighty cataracts.

    Many of them should carry a passport. Niagara Falls State Park may have a clear viewing area for only 20,000 visitors, according to initial estimates, while Canadian officials could welcome more than 100,000 people to their prime seat at the Horseshoe Falls.

    While state officials Monday pledged a “spectacular” show on the American side, others believe the estimates confirm that, for a number of reasons, Ontario stands to benefit most from the stunt.

    “It’s a good problem to have: too many people,” said Jim Diodati, the mayor of Niagara Falls, Ont. “It’s a problem we had before 9/11. We’re happy to have it again.”

    Untangling Maid of the Mist lease

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    From the Buffalo News:

    The low point of the Maid of the Mist Steamboat Co.’s century-old existence undoubtedly took place last month, when Canadian officials selected a California company to replace it on the Canadian shore.

    But for the local company that grew itself into an iconic international tourism brand, the pain may not be over.

    Wallenda isn’t alone on a tightrope in the Falls

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    From the Buffalo News:

    Canadian officials this month gave the final green-light to Nik Wallenda’s plan to wire-walk above Niagara Falls—and to turn the region into a worldwide media spectacle this summer.

    Now, Wallenda and officials on both sides of the border must work to make the grand event happen, and that means figuring out plenty of details before the dawn of summer.

    “All parties involved are going to have to come to the table collectively,” said John Percy, president and chief executive of the Niagara Tourism & Convention Corp.

    Canadian officials pressed on Maid of the Mist issue

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    From the Buffalo News:

    New York’s senators urged Canadian officials Thursday to protect the jobs, docking areas and brand name of the Maid of the Mist Co., regardless of whether another tour company is awarded launching rights around Niagara Falls.

    In a letter to Canada’s Niagara Parks Commission chairwoman, Janice Thomson, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand said that the 150 jobs created by the American Maid of the Mist operation should be preserved and that the Maid of the Mist brand name be maintained.

    Daredevil still dreams of tightrope walk across Niagara Falls

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    From CTV.ca:

    Canadian officials may have turned him down, but an American man says he’s not ready to give up his dream of walking a tightrope suspended across Niagara Falls.

    Nik Wallenda, a stunt artist hailing from seven generations of circus performers, was told by the Niagara Parks Commission late Wednesday that he wouldn’t be allowed to go ahead with his stunt even though U.S. officials provided their permission weeks earlier.

    “I’m a little bit disheartened,” Wallenda told The Canadian Press from his house in Saratosa, Fla. “But it’s another page in the book and I’ll continue to pursue it.”

    Canada nixes Wallenda’s Niagara rope walk

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    From UPI:

    Canadian officials in Niagara Falls have denied daredevil Nik Wallenda’s application to walk across the Niagara Gorge on a tightrope next summer.

    Wednesday night, the Niagara Parks Commission voted to deny a permit for the stunt, planned for June, the Toronto Star reported.

    The plan was for Wallenda to cross from Goat Island, which separates the U.S. falls and the Canadian Horseshoe Falls, 1,800 feet across the gorge, on a 2-inch-wide steel cable to the Canadian side.

    Parks Commissioner Janice Thomson told the Star there are safety concerns as well as a fear it would spur unauthorized copycat stunts. She said the event also didn’t fit with long-term planning for the park region.

    Members of New York delegation respond to Wallenda rejection

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    From Niagara Frontier Publications:

    In the wake of the Niagara Parks Commission’s decision not to recommend support for Nik Wallenda’s proposal for a tightrope walk across the Niagara Gorge, representatives from New York State are encouraging Wallenda to continue his pursuit directly with Canadian officials.

    Wallenda has continued to lobby in Canada after being given approval from New York officials to proceed with the tightrope walk from the U.S. to Canada in September when New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law the legislation. The State Legislature had previously approved the measure in June 2011.

    The Niagara Parks Commission notified Wallenda today that a deviation in their policy prohibiting stunts and the performance of any feat within the park is not warranted at this time.

    Wallenda makes high-wire walk case before Canada’s Niagara Parks panel

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    From the Buffalo News:

    After a lifetime of staring down death atop a high-wire, Nik Wallenda on Wednesday faced a different challenge: persuading Canadian officials to let him walk a wire across Niagara Falls.

    Unlike the high-wire acts that made his family famous, Wallenda won’t know for weeks whether this attempt was a success.

    Wallenda on Wednesday presented his wire-walking plan to Canada’s Niagara Parks Commission, which controls the area around the famous cataracts.

    “This isn’t a stunt to me,” Wallenda told the commission. “I’ve been doing this my whole life. This is life to me.”

    The event would draw between 60,000 and 125,000 spectators, depending on the weather, and infuse the economy with up to $20 million, said consultant Michael Harker.

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