Posted at: 06/21/2013 10:16 PM
By: Scott Pukos/Messenger Post
After setting up the equipment — including rides and concession stands — there will be no carnival this weekend on Lakeshore Drive in Canandaigua.
The carnival was canceled Friday when the city — along with landowner David Genecco — was informed by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation that it is “impermissible for Midway Rides, of Utica, to operate a carnival on certain land along Lakeshore Drive owned by Genecco,” said City Manager David Forrest in a statement.
Operators for Midway Rides began setting up the equipment Wednesday morning, following an Ordinance Committee meeting where they were told that City Council would officially approve the item during a June 20 meeting. While the approval was granted by council Thursday, the DEC did not give sign-off on the lakefront carnival.
The event was scheduled to take place on the north side of Lakeshore Drive. That property is currently part of a DEC Brownfield Cleanup Program to remove lead, arsenic, and other material from the ground.
“While there is no evidence that this use would pose a safety or health risk, given that the site is a part of the state Brownfield program, all parties agreed, that in an abundance of caution, cancellation of the carnival was in the best interest of the public,” Forrest said.
Forrest was not immediately reached for further comment Friday.
Story courtesy of MPNnow.com