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March 22, 2013 by   - () Leave a Comment

NEW YORK

From various news sources:

The National Park Service is almost finished with extensive repairs at the Statue of Liberty site and they expect to reopen it to the public by July 4th.

The damage was caused by Hurricane Sandy. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar said in a statement that the hurricane damaged docks, the energy infrastructure on Ellis Island and crippled the security screening system.

"Based on the tremendous progress we have made, Lady Liberty will be open to the public in time for the July 4th celebration," Salazar said in a statement.

The New York Times reports that one issue is still unresolved between the National Park Service and New York Police.

"The park service would prefer to move the screening operation to Ellis Island, where only those tourists who want to visit the statue would be screened," the Times reports. "But the city police want the passengers screened for weapons and explosives before they board the ferries in Battery Park."

The Park Service says opening up the Statue of Liberty will be a big economic boon.

"An annual report released last month by the National Park Service showed that 3.7 million people visited the park in 2011, generating $174 million in economic activity and supporting 2,218 jobs," the Park Service said in a press release.

MINNESOTA

From a news release:

The deadline is approaching to reserve a campsite for seasonal or monthly camping at Minnesota state parks. Reservations are due April 5, according to the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

At a limited number of state park campsites, visitors can stay for a whole month or a full season (May 3 – Sept. 1 at most parks, May 24 – Sept. 1 at Kilen Woods State Park).

NEBRASKA

From The Hastings Tribune:

Weeks after the Nebraska Tax Equalization and Review Commission (TERC) told them it was wrong to give tax-exempt status to an entity here, members of the Kearney County Board of Supervisors did so, anyway.

Board members voted 6-1 at their regular meeting Tuesday (March 19) to give tax-exempt status to the campground and motel at Harold Warp Pioneer Village just as they have every year since 1984.

The Minden Courier reported in its Feb. 6 issue that TERC reversed the county's approved tax exemption for the Harold Warp Pioneer Village Foundation for 2011, meaning Pioneer Village would have to pay back property taxes to Kearney County. That notification came Jan. 18.

The assessed value on the motel is $1,080,415, and the campground is assessed at $134,915. Taxes for the motel will be $25,841.25 and the campground, $3,226.94.

MICHIGAN

From a news release:

Sun Communities Inc. announced that its board of directors declared a quarterly dividend of $0.63 per share of common stock for the first quarter of 2013. The dividend is payable April 19 to shareholders of record April 1.

The board also declared a dividend of $0.443125 per share on the company's 7.125% Series A Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock, which was issued on Nov. 14, 2012. The dividend payment represents on an annualized basis a dividend of $1.78125 per share. The dividend will be paid on April 15 to shareholders of record on April 2.

Headquartered in Southfield, Mich., Sun Communities Inc. is a real estate investment trust (REIT) that currently owns and operates a portfolio of 183 RV and manufactured housing communities comprising approximately 67,380 developed sites.

 

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