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    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

    NPC receives no proposals for marina development

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Niagara Parks is not giving up on a waterfront development opportunity at its marina along the Niagara Parkway in Fort Erie despite two unsuccessful procurement efforts.

    The Niagara Parks Commission announced this week that despite extensive efforts and input, including two extensions to the request for proposal timeline, no proposals were received.

    This, after a previous request for qualifications didn’t yield a submission that Niagara Parks felt met its requirements.

    “We don’t know the reasons why yet,” said David Adames, chief operating officer of the commission, when asked why he believes it’s been difficult to move the project forward.

    Mayors highlight community development

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Six mayors fielded questions from the Niagara business community Wednesday and highlighted some recent developments in their municipalities.
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    A year of missed deadlines for Canadian Motor Speedway project

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    From Niagara This Week:

    The perpetually delayed Canadian Motor Speedway project in Fort Erie has closed out another year without meeting any of its own deadlines.

    Early in 2016, the developers behind the speedway project claimed they would be doing “site alterations” in the fall to prepare the land for development, but that never happened. They also committed to securing a building permit for the massive $400-million development by “the end of 2016”. However, that also did not happen.

    No shovels hit the ground in 2016, and no building permit was issued because the developers have still failed to acquire all the necessary land.

    Now it’s Canada’s turn to correct staffing issues that discourage cross-border travel

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    From the Buffalo News:

    Will Canada start listening now? With border backups attracting attention across the country and pressure rising at all levels of government, perhaps Ottawa will finally act to defuse a problem that poses economic perils on both sides of the border.

    The problem, which has been evident at various times all summer, repeated itself late last month as Canadians returning home from the Kanye West concert in Buffalo encountered not only long lines at the border crossing in Fort Erie, but the additional insult of watching booths closing as agents packed up for the night. An unnecessarily long wait was thoughtlessly extended.

    Canadian authorities have been made aware of the problem. Yet nothing improves.

    Jeff Gordon’s car makes a pit stop in Fort Erie

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Jeff Gordon’s final career winning stock car made a pit stop in Fort Erie this week.

    Following the Motorama Custom Car and Motorsport Expo held from March 11 to 14 in Toronto, the Hendrick Motorsports transporter, carrying Gordon’s 2015 #24 AARP Member Advantages Chevy SS NASCAR Sprint Cup stock car was transported via the QEW to Fort Erie and across the Peace Bridge for the long trip back home to Charlotte, NC.

    But before the vehicle was transported across the border, transporter driver Kenny Babbert stopped on Sunset Drive at the Canadian Motor Speedway site to meet CMS executive Claire MacSweyn to view the site of the speedway and to ensure the first ever race car on site was driven by Gordon, a four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion and CMS track designer.

    Infrastructure funding needed for speedway

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    From Bullet News Niagara:

    The Canadian Motor Speedway is moving ahead even though an approximate $60-million commitment from the provincial government that would cover costs of needed infrastructure improvements in the area of the 823-acre project in Fort Erie has not been provided.

    The widening of thoroughfares in the area of the proposed project and the reconstruction of the Bowen Road QEW interchange all need to be completed for the $400-million development to continue moving ahead at full speed.

    The $60 million figure is subject to change as the process unfolds.

    Speedway opens corporate office

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    From Bullet News Niagara:

    The Canadian Motor Speedway’s physical presence is starting to form in Fort Erie.

    On Wednesday afternoon, local dignitaries and officials from the proposed $400-million development attended an unveiling of its corporate office in Fort Erie on Garrison Road.

    Azhar Mohammad, executive director of the project, thanked municipal and regional staff and politicians for the their support since 2008 when the “first dollars” were invested.

    Flames along border to re-live War of 1812

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    (This is old, but again, I wanted to post it still)

    From the Tonawanda News:

    Two historic forts and nearby communities along the Niagara River will be under siege again this month as part of colorful pageantry to commemorate the War of 1812.

    The events also marking the 200th anniversary of peace between the U.S. and Canada are set for Fort Niagara in Youngstown, Buffalo, Fort Erie and Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont.

    Major reenactments are designed to ignite interest in two of the most destructive attacks on both sides of the border: the Americans destroying Newark (now Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont.) on Dec. 6, 1813, and the British seeking revenge in capturing Fort Niagara Dec. 19, and then torching homes and villages from Youngstown to Buffalo.

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