Council reviewing Targa Coalition’s appeal

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The Marystown Targa Concerned Citizens’ Coalition held a closed door meeting with the town council Tuesday night.

Council reviewing Targa

Spokesman Mike Brennan offered up a presentation opposing council’s decision to ban Targa from the town after 12 years. Council based its decision in the main on feedback received from municipal voters last September on the impact of Targa on the town.

Mr. Brennan centred his presentation on the event’s safety record over the course of its duration, the economic benefit to local businesses/charities and the worldwide tourism reach for the town and the Burin Peninsula region.

When asked by supporters after he emerged from the meeting on council’s reaction to the presentation, Mr. Brennan said “I don’t know. It’s hard to read them.”

Council decided in the regular public meeting, following the closed session, to send the presentation to two committees – Protection to Persons and Properties and Tourism and Special Events – for review and recommendation to council as a whole at a later public meeting.

The coalition plans to follow-up with a copy of its presentation to council.

Organizations: Targa Coalition

Geographic location: Targa

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  • L. Robert Lymburner
    March 06, 2014 - 09:11

    Targa Newfoundland is "home grown," and something of which we should all be very proud. It has put our province and our country on the international scene of motorsport. Its safety record and procedures are second to none. It brings considerable money to our province and our communities, quite aside from the money raised for charities. More and more people are becoming interested in motorsport, and most people with whom I have spoken over the years are more than willing to put up with the slight inconvenience of the road closures for the sake of their neighbours who do enjoy it. I think that with what Mike Brennan and his Coalition are willing to do to help address any safety concerns and to build on the one-day Targa run holds tremendous potential for our community. I urge Council to revisit the issue. It is my hope that they will allow at least one more Targa Marystown and examine carefully its many benefits before making a final decision.