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June 21, 2014

COPS NOTEBOOK: Weighing in on state parks police barracks site

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The proposals by the city and advisory board members to move the barracks to sites outside the park is absurd, unless (in typical Falls fashion) there’s a financial benefit to someone with political or board connections that we don’t know about. 

The park police mission is to provide safety and security to the millions of tourists who come here every year. Kind of like the Falls police do for local residents.

Putting the new park police station somewhere in the South End is about as logical as moving city police to a station on Grand Island. 

If the shrill voices on the tourism advisory board want to do something useful to promote visiting here, I have some suggestions.

How about pushing for tougher regulations on the flea trap motels that rip-off tourists by promising them quality accommodations and delivering a whole lot less? How about cracking down on private parking lot operators who jack their rates on weekends in the summer?

Here’s an even better idea, the board could engage with the few tourist attraction operators in town and impress upon them the need to provide better customer service then the surly and lazy product that they deliver now. 

And oh yeah, how about trying to actually convince tourism-related developers to come here to provide tourists with more to do than a 30-minute stroll around Goat Island, a ride down to the Cave of the Winds and a trip on the Maid of the Mist? Or pressuring a developer who controls most of the prime property in the South End to do something other than squat on it?

All of that would be much better than the wailing angst over the construction of a new park police station on a piece of anything but prime property.

Isn’t it about time we got angry and agitated about something that really matters?

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