From the Niagara Falls Reporter:
It was only a few weeks ago that the state plan to build a “world-class lodge” on Goat Island State Park was swirling in controversy as the Niagara Falls Council and the Niagara County Legislature voiced strong opposition to the idea of marring the pristine beauty of the park and hurting downtown business interests with a tourist-magnet lodge.
Feeling the pressure, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s development honchos sought to cool the furor and said other state parks along with Goat Island would be considered for the governor’s lodge and that RFP’s would soon be issued.
According to sources in Albany, an RFP is being developed (secretly, as usual) for a state park lodge, and Goat Island is still the prime parcel being considered despite the talk of other parks.
From the St Thomas Times Journal:
Niagara’s mayor and regional chairman have asked the province to scrap plans to select new operators for the region’s two casinos.
In a letter to Finance Minister Charles Sousa, Mayor Jim Diodati and Niagara Regional Chairman Alan Caslin asked the government to terminate an ongoing request for pre-qualification and request for proposal process for a new service provider for Casino Niagara and Fallsview Casino. Read More…
From Time Warner Cable News:
…Cuomo says he won’t stop his call for development on Goat Island in Niagara Falls, despite a petition calling for the park to remain focused on nature and having funds instead go toward other parts of the city. Cuomo says the state is still pushing forward with a request for proposals for projects that could help boost tourism there. Read More…
From the Niagara Falls Review:
The Niagara Parks Commission has been fair, open and transparent so far in a procurement process that will eventually lead to the selection of an organization to operate boat tours in the Niagara gorge, says a government-appointed fairness commissioner.
In the first of what is expected to be four reports, Howard Grant, the fairness commissioner who was appointed by the provincial government to observe, monitor and oversee the procurement process, said the request for proposal was “complete and consistent with best procurement policies and free from any apparent bias.”
According to Grant, the RFP was open to all proponents, not only those that were pre-registered.
From the Niagara Falls Review:
The document that will spell out what the Niagara Parks Commission wants from a boat tour provider is on target for release in the next few weeks, says commission general manager John Kernahan.
“It’s coming along very well. I think we’re going to be on or very close to our target of late July or early August to release the RFP (request for proposals),” Kernahan said.
But Bill Mocsan, the consultant hired by the provincial government to help guide the parks commission through the process, wouldn’t say when the document will be issued.
He said Monday telling The Review might allow one bidder to find out sooner than another.
Eleven companies took part in an April session to find out more about the bidding process, though it doesn’t mean all of them will submit bids when the parks commission issues its request for proposals.