Niagara Gazette

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April 9, 2013

State officials confident Maid of the Mist project will survive court scrutiny


Niagara Gazette — "I don't think they're going to preserve the history of the site by pouring 25 feet of concrete and building thousands of feet of storage space on top of the power plant," Ricciuti said.

State officials have denied those claims, insisting all of the necessary environmental reviews have been completed and all appropriate clearances have been obtained to allow the project to move forward. 

The state is also facing a lawsuit from Hornblower Cruises & Entertainment, a California cruise boat company that won a competitive bid process in Ontario that will allow it to take over the docks and the storage facilities on the Canadian side from the Maid starting in 2014. Hornblower contends that the 40-year contract between the Maid and the state violates competitive bidding law.

State parks officials have said a competitive bidding process was not required when the contract with the Maid was signed because the company was determined to be "soul-source provider." 

Hornblower has contended, both in the press and in its lawsuit, that the process should be re-opened to could give the state a better deal than the Maid of the Mist.

Contact reporter Justin Sondel at 282-2311, ext. 2257

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