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From The Boston Globe:
Supporters of a bill to require senior citizens to pay admission at New Hampshire state parks say the new fees could generate $300,000 a year, enough to operate four or five mid-sized parks.
But opponents contend it will drive low-income seniors away. The House Resources, Recreation, and Development Committee held a hearing Tuesday (April 9) on a bill that would require those age 65 and older to pay the same day-use fees as other adults, usually $4 or $5, or buy a season’s pass for $20.
Sen. Nancy Stiles, the bill’s sponsor, said that if New Hampshire is going to continue to require parks to operate on fees alone, it does not make sense to offer free admission to large groups.
From The Facts, Clute:
RV parks may be sprouting up around West Columbia south of Houston like wildflowers due to the anticipated influx of workers for future industrial projects, but West Columbia officials won’t be allowing any new ones in city limits until they have an ordinance in place to regulate them.
“The city wants to look at what happens after the construction is over,” City Manager Debbie Sutherland said.
All Long Island state parks and beaches are expected to open by Memorial Day weekend.
Due to Superstorm Sandy, many of the parks suffered extensive damage to roads, landscaping and infrastructure while beaches experienced significant dune and beach erosion including the loss of natural and native vegetation.
More than 20 emergency contracts are currently in progress across Long Island on state park land as hundreds of workers are repairing, replanting and restoring the damage left by Sandy in an effort to meet the public’s needs in time for Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial kickoff to the summer season.
In 2012, more than 18 million people visited State Parks and beaches on Long Island. Last year, four state parks on Long Island ranked in the top 10 most visited in the entire 179 New York State Parks system (No. 2 Jones Beach State Park, No. 4 Robert Moses State Park, No. 6 Sunken Meadow State Park and No. 10 Heckscher State Park).
From The Buffalo News:
The court order that has halted work on the Maid of the Mist’s new storage facility in the Niagara Gorge was met with approval Tuesday (April 9) by a local preservation leader, who cited the historical significance of the old Schoellkopf Power Station.
“It was the first site for power generation in Niagara Falls,” said Tom Yots, executive director of Preservation Buffalo Niagara. “It’s where we started generating electricity as a commodity in the community.”
U.S. operators of the Maid of the Mist boat tours want to use the site of the former Schoellkopf plant as its new docking and boat storage site, but its work has been halted by a temporary restraining order. Yots stopped short of endorsing the project pending further review of the site.
“As long as we first accommodate the Schoellkopf site, and if the project is determined to be a compatible use, then I think it’s good for everybody,” said Yots, former city historian for Niagara Falls and former chairman of the Niagara Falls Historic Preservation Commission.
The parcel is just north of the Rainbow Bridge in the lower Niagara River. It contains the ruins of the Schoellkopf hydroelectric plant, whose thunderous collapse in 1956 led to the construction of the Niagara Power Project. It has become the focus of a court battle between Maid of the Mist Corp. and the Niagara Preservation Coalition, which sought the court order.
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