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Concerned Citizens Committee proposes new Targa route


We have some very exciting news we would like to share with Council before the Public Meeting Tuesday, Mar. 18.

Mayor and Councillors,

Town of Marystown;

After detailed discussions with Targa organizers and our Concerned Citizens Committee we are pleased to announce a completely new route for the Targa Marystown Leg.

The proposed new route will start at the BREN-KIR Parking Lot on McGettigan Boulevard and travel south across Canning Bridge, left on Water Street and then left on Marine Drive and finish just before the intersection to Reddy’s Subdivision.

Then they will do the reverse route and end up back on BREN-KIR parking lot.

There will be no need to travel through Mooring Cove, the Housing Area or Ville Marie Drive. This new route reduces impact on residential areas by over 95 per cent.

The race will start at 6 p.m. and finish at 7:15 p.m.

The new start time of 6 p.m. ensures few businesses are impacted. In fact, we have canvassed businesses that will be already closed on McGettigan Blvd., and businesses that stay open after 6 p.m. – all are in favour.

For example: G & H - Castle Building Supplies want to do a fundraiser, Robin’s Donuts will host an outdoor concert with live music, McDonald’s and Tim Horton’s will host their first ever tailgate party. Other businesses on McGettigan have offered to set up ‘Designated Viewing Areas’ and fundraising for local charities.

We will have detailed information to provide no earlier than Monday evening, Mar. 17.

Also, we have canvassed homeowners on Water Street East and up to 2 p.m. today are 100 per cent in favour.

The vast majority of homeowners on the small section of Marine Drive from Bill Brinton’s to Crystal Brown’s are over 95 per cent in favour as well. (Canvassing will be finished by noon Saturday.)

We believe this compromise by the Targa organizers shows a real willingness to work with our community to build a National Class Event around the theme of ‘Motor Sports’.

The Targa rally is only one component of our new and exciting 4-5 day Fall Festival, but it is essential to host Targa because local, national and international media travel with Targa and we need this media attention to grow our Festival into a top Provincial Tourism Event.

Given the significant positive changes being proposed, we request a meeting with the Mayor and Council Monday or Tuesday evening to provide more details on this exciting development.

We respectfully ask Council not make any decisions on Targa until we have the opportunity to meet.

Respectfully,

Mike Brennan

Spokesperson CCC

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