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    Council majority puts $25M hotel project on hold

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    From the Niagara Gazette:

    A $25 million hotel project the head of New York state’s development office characterized as a “very important opportunity” and one that should be taken “very seriously” by the city of Niagara Falls has been put on hold, as promised, by a trio of city lawmakers.

    Everyone’s Irish on St. Patrick’s Day — almost

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    I missed this earlier in the week. Apparently St Patrick’s Day marks the anniversary of the creation of the City of Niagara Falls, New York…

    From the Tonawanda News:

    It’s the day when nearly everyone is Irish but there’s more than just St. Patrick to celebrate here on Sunday.

    In addition to paying tribute to the patron of the Emerald Isle, it’s the anniversary of the City of Niagara Falls, chartered by New York state on March 17, 1892.

    Cochrane delivers on promise

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    From Niagara This Week:

    Jay Cochrane came before City politicians Tuesday night bearing gifts for the Tender Wishes Foundation, the Boys and Girls Club of Niagara and the City.

    The 68-year-old funambulist raised more than $10,000 to be split evenly between the two organizations.

    “He’s really an angel of men,” boys and girls club board member Flory Massi said. “When you look at what he’s done for children here and around the world, to us he’s really special.”

    Mayor defends Marineland amid allegations

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    …In a story published in a Toronto newspaper Wednesday, Demers said the poor conditions and a lack of action by park owner John Holer is what made him quit – and subsequently break a non-disclosure agreement by going public.

    The public reaction to the report has been significant, with Marineland trending on Twitter. Many called for the park to be shut down by the City of Niagara Falls, but Mayor Jim Diodati said Wednesday it’s not something city hall has jurisdiction over.

    “We don’t regulate or license them,” Diodati said. “We’re not involved in monitoring them, that’s another body. We make sure the property taxes are paid and that there are no other bylaw infringements taking place.”

    The mayor defended the amusement park, saying he’s been going to Marineland since he was a youth and has never seen any signs of animal mistreatment…

    Robert Moses Parkway future to be discussed

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    From the Niagara Gazette:

    The Parkway Preservation Committee, which is fighting to keep the north section of the Robert Moses Parkway open between Niagara Falls and Lewiston, will hold a brief meeting at 5:30 p.m. today [this was this past Monday] in the Lewiston village board room, 145 N. Fourth St., Lewiston.

    Former Lewiston Mayor Richard Soluri said the meeting will be to answer some questions which have arisen following a recent Wild Ones meeting where a City of Niagara Falls-backed plan to turn the parkway into a bike and foot path was discussed.

    Are they ever going to figure out what to do with that section of road?

    Ontario, sanitized for your protection

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    The Toronto Sun newspapers had an opinion piece recently about Ontario, and how the government is trying to “protect us” (they called it a Nanny State). At one point, it uses Niagara Falls as an example:

    These days, the architects of our bubble-wrapped, peanut-free society have their sights set on the daredevil community.

    The nattering nabobs of nannyism at the Niagara Parks Commission won’t give permission to highwire walker Ken Wallenda to walk a tightrope across the Falls. Wallenda wants to start in Niagara Falls, N.Y., enter the mist, and re-emerge on the Canadian side. Fantastic!

    Stateside, politicians who want to help the economically depressed city of Niagara Falls, N.Y. have championed Wallenda’s proposal, and lawmakers in Albany have approved the stunt.

    But a snag has been encountered in — where else? — Nanny State Central. You see, Wallenda’s stunt isn’t being embraced by the testicular-challenged bureaucrats at the Niagara Parks Commission. Officials are frowning on what they deem to be a Falls folly.

    Doubling down

    Apparently, “risky business” in Niagara Falls, Ont. these days is confined to the rubes doubling down at the government-run blackjack tables.

    When Wallenda first proposed the stunt, the Commission’s Janice Thomson remarked: “Doing something for one day doesn’t seem like sustainable tourism. It harkens back to those early days when Niagara Falls was a carnival-like atmosphere. We have come so far away from that.”

    Egad! Has Thomson ever strolled up Clifton Hill, home to House of Frankenstein, Castle Dracula, and numerous other wax museums and freak shows?

    Niagara Falls isn’t exactly Vienna on the Rhine. Actually, it can be cheesier than a bucket of Bulgarian feta.

    Isn’t it disheartening that in our increasingly sissified culture the safety mavens are now turning their sights on daredevils?

    So much for Dalton McGuinty’s oft-repeated boast that Ontario is “open for business” — Wallenda’s stunt stands, or stood, to rake-in millions for the region.

    But that’s sanitized-for-your-protection Ontario — a province that wants bread, not circuses.

    Fixing the Falls: Hoping for a development

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    From the Niagara Gazette:

    Niagara Falls Redevelopment.

    For many years, candidates seeking elected office in the city of Niagara Falls have been asked how they would advise the city to deal with the company which, through its various affiliates, owns more than 400 parcels of prime real estate near the heart of downtown.

    This year’s crop of mayoral candidates and city council hopefuls generally agree more needs to be done from the city’s end to spur action within NFR’s development territory.

    The majority also said they would support a direct approach — simply sitting down with owner Howard Milstein or his associates and discussing why more hasn’t happened on NFR land and what more can be done from the city’s end to help move things along.

    Details surfacing around new people-mover system

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    While officials remain relatively tight-lipped about ongoing negotiations for a new people-mover project — which appear to be wrapping up — snippets of information continue to be released, painting a slight picture of how the bus system could operate.

    An agreement between the City of Niagara Falls and the Niagara Parks Commission to shuttle tourists through some of its respective properties is now before lawyers.

    Officials are careful not to say anything that could jeopardize what has been a decades-old dream for some politicians and tourism industry stakeholders.

    But on Wednesday, Niagara Falls Mayor Jim Diodati told The Niagara Falls Review the plan is for the people-mover system to include three routes by 2012, spreading tourists around the city in a “seamless” and “integrated” fashion.

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