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“For the next step, what do you do?” said St-Amour. “If we let it (study results) go be- cause it’s too rich for our blood then we’ve wasted money for nothing.” The Nation’s mayor noted that his munici- pality was ready to buy in to a past study on the potential for a water theme park de- velopment because there was a certainty that it would happen. The result was the Ca- lypso Park project near Limoges, which this month unveiled its latest expansion phase. St-Amour cautioned that right now the po- tential benefits from the Plania studies are not as concrete as Calypso Park was. UCPR Warden René Berthiaume ex- pressed agreement with St-Amour’s cau- tionary view but also noted he is “very excited about this study” because the big tourism outfits are already starting to see the potential benefits for them with larger communities like Hawkesbury and Rock-
land. He agreed that developing marine tourism projects for some of the smaller communities in Prescott-Russell would be more challenging but could still be worth pursuing once the second Plania report is available. “There will be specific recommendations
coming out of this study that each munici- pality can use as tools,” Berthiaume said. Stéphane Parisien, UCPR chief adminis- trator, also said that St-Amour offered “fair warning” that he and his fellow mayors on counties council should avoid “pre-con- cluding results of the study.”
L’ORIGNAL | Will the next marker on the map of Prescott-Russell’s marine tourism potential lead to a treasure trove or a dead man’s chest? The answer awaits results of phase two of a consultant’s review of the region for the United Counties council. Mayor François St-Amour offered a cau- tion to his fellow mayors on the United Counties of Prescott-Russell council (UCPR) against making any definite plans until the next marine tourism report from the Plania consultant firm is on their tables for their own review and for their staff to review. The counties council has accepted an April report from its economic develop- ment and tourism committee to contract with Plania for phase 2 of a marine tourism review of the Prescott-Russell region. The study will expand on the details in the pre- liminary overview report presented to the UCPR earlier this year.
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