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    $40 million incentive package aims to spur Falls development

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    From the Buffalo News:

    The best ideas for new downtown development projects will have a crack at $40 million in public incentives, state and city officials announced Thursday.

    The state and the City of Niagara Falls are offering access to public dollars over the next five years as part of a competition dubbed the “Downtown Niagara Falls Development Challenge.”

    Officials said they are looking for proposals for “signature projects” to boost tourism from world-class designers, developers and operators.

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    Daredevil Nik Wallenda Looking to Build Entertainment Complex in Niagara Falls

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    From WKBW Channel 7 in Buffalo:

    With his walk over the Grand Canyon now over, Nik Wallenda has returned his focus to Western New York.

    On Wednesday, the daredevil announced that he is planning on walking a 200-foot high-wire at next year’s Erie County Fair.

    Wallenda is also moving ahead with plans to build an entertainment and theater complex in Niagara Falls.

    “I think on a grand scale. I think big and I want it to be a permanent facility with an indoor water park and a place for families to come – similar to a Great Wolf Lodge,” said Nik Wallenda.

    Over 100 Guests Stranded at Niagara Falls Canada Attraction

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    From WKBW Channel 7 in Buffalo:

    On May 31st, 2013 at approximately 1:43 p.m. Niagara Parks Police Ontario Service dispatch was advised that an elevator had malfunctioned at the Journey Behind the Falls attraction located at Table Rock Complex.

    While no one was in the elevator, there were approximately one hundred guests still on the observation platform in the lower Niagara River basin below the Horseshoe Falls. While technicians were addressing the malfunction, two members of the Niagara Parks Police Service High Angle River
    Team (HART) rappelled to the observation platform below to provide updates to the waiting patrons.

    Niagara Falls drops below 50,000 for first time since World War I

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    From WKBW Channel 7 in Buffalo:

    Niagara Falls has passed a population milestone, though in the wrong way.

    The U.S. Census Bureau is reporting that the population of Niagara Falls has fallen below 50,000. The city had an estimated 49,722 residents as of last July, according to new figures released this morning.

    Niagara Falls peaked at a population of 102,394 in 1960. Today’s report marks the first time that the city has been below 50,000 since World War I.

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    • WIVB Channel 4 in Buffalo Population drain continues for WNY

    Hotel Proposed for Downtown Niagara Falls

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    From WKBW Channel 7 in Buffalo:

    A vacant Niagara Falls building that once housed Moore Business Forms is being eyed as the site of new hotel.

    That, and another Cataract City hotel is due for a major face lift.

    Indian Ocean LLC, a company run by local hotelier B.F. Patel, is working with the Niagara County Industrial Development Agency on renovating the three-story former Moore Business Forms office – at the intersection of Buffalo Avenue and John Daly Boulevard (Quay Street) – into a 95-room Courtyard by Marriott hotel. The project carries a $6.65 million development price tag.

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    Hotel Niagara Renovation Underway

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    From WKBW Channel 7 in Buffalo:

    Work is underway to restore the Hotel Niagara in Niagara Falls, NY. The project has gotten some press lately. Now a report in this week’s Business First takes an in-depth look.

    Developer Harry Stinson is tackling the $24 million renovation. Some say it is a major piece of rebuilding downtown Niagara Falls.

    More Stuntmen Want To Challenge The Mighty Niagara

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    From WKBW Channel 7 in Buffalo:

    Three men said if daredevil Nik Wallenda can perform a stunt across the falls, they should be able to as well. Park authorities said not so fast.

    Peter Debernardi, 65, Dave Munday, 75, and Scott Trotter, 49, all said they will plunge over the falls in barrels this year or next. If their names sound familiar, it is because they all have performed the stunt before, illegally. Trotter spent several days behind bars.

    This time two of the men, Debernardi and Trotter, plan to ask for the Canadian Park’s permission to perform the stunt. Munday said he would do it with or without their blessing.

    Nik Wallenda Asks Public For Donations

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    From WKBW Channel 7 in Buffalo:

    Daredevil Nik Wallenda is asking the public to help him pay for expenses connected to his historic high wire walk above Niagara Falls later this month.

    Wallenda posted a YouTube video on indiegogo.com, a money-raising site, with a goal of $50,000.

    “One thing I’ve learned about walking a natural wonder like Niagara Falls is that it’s extremely costly,” Wallenda said in the video.

    “There have been so many unforeseen costs that have come up lately. And I need your help to raise the money to make this thing happen,” he said.

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    • Buffalo News – Wallenda seeks donations to offset high costs
    • Niagara This Week – Wallenda wants locals to walk the line

    Maid of The Mist Issue Impacting Tourism

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    From WKBW Channel 7 in Buffalo:

    Controversy over the Maid of the Mist is already impacting tourism in Niagara Falls. Officials say tourists are already calling with concerns.

    Festival of Lights turns up the wattage with new sports events

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    With its 30th anniversary looming next year, the CAA Winter Festival of Lights is adding more juice to its lineup.

    Sponsored by beverage maker Cintron, a new three-day sports festival will take place throughout the city to conclude this year’s event. It’s expected to attract about 1,300 athletes in a variety of sports, along with 2,600 spectators during tourism’s chilly off-season.

    Festival of Lights general manager Dino Fazio looks at it as a “mini-Olympics,” with potential for major competitions and TV coverage down the road.

    “Curling, gymnastics, basketball, girls and boys hockey, you name it — if anybody wants to be part of it, they will be,” said Fazio. “The sky’s the limits in terms of the number of sports we could add, the number of age groups we could add.

    “The beauty about this event is that it can include provincial and national championships.”

    Niagara Falls MPP Kim Craitor announced $81,400 in funding for the sports festival over the next 24 months through the province’s Trillium Foundation. The money will be used to hire an events manager.

    WKBW Channel 7 in Buffalo also had a related article

    • Winter Festival of Lights to Open Nov. 5th.
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