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    Council amends billboard law to aid tourism promotions

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    From the Buffalo News:

    In an effort to expand promotions and increase tourism- related advertising, the City Council amended its billboard ordinance to allow electronic digital billboards downtown.

    The billboards, which require special permits that must be approved by the city’s Zoning Board of Appeals, will hopefully mirror successful electronic billboards in Niagara Falls, Ont., Council Chairman Sam Fruscione said.

    Improving tourist signs in city becomes priority

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    From the Buffalo News:

    The generations- old debate over the best use of street signs to direct tourists to local attractions may be nearing a settlement — but not quite yet.

    City Council Chairman Sam Fruscione and Mayor Paul A. Dyster said they plan to discuss the issue during a private meeting today, and the mayor said the present street-direction signs “leave a lot to be desired, especially in the downtown area.”

    Members of the Tourism Advisory Board, which makes recommendations to the City Council, agreed by consensus Monday that too many signs direct tourists toward the Rainbow Bridge to Canada instead of toward Niagara Falls State Park, Goat Island and local attractions. Fruscione said he would take the advisory board’s concerns to the mayor today.

    New tourism tax in the Falls discussed

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    From the Niagara Gazette:

    A new “tourism tax” is in the works in the City of Niagara Falls.

    City Council Chairman Sam Fruscione and members of the Niagara Falls Tourism Advisory Board on Monday discussed plans to impose a 50-cent tax on tickets sold by area attractions and tour operators.

    Supporters say the effort, modeled after a similar tax applied to attractions in Niagara Falls, Ont., would create a pool of funds the city desperately needs to carry out economic development projects, road repairs and demolition of neglected and abandoned buildings.

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