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"The Buffalo waterfront will be the place to be this Fourth of July," proclaimed Mayor Byron Brown on Wednesday.

The huge attraction this holiday is the Tall Ships.

"It's important for Buffalo. We expect not only large crowds, but a $6-8 million local economic impact, which will solidify jobs on the waterfront and the hospitality and tourism industry and help put Buffalo even more on the national map in terms of a destination," said local Tall Ships organizer Mike Vogel.

Here are some things you need to know before you and an estimated 150,000 others go.

Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation

Perhaps a year from now, there will be construction on Buffalo's Outer Harbor with a new $125 million plan for the long-quiescent hundreds of acres.

Avery Schneider / WBFO News

Congressman Brian Higgins is calling for solid plans for more than $90 million in funding that is headed for Buffalo’s waterfront, and he has ideas on what to do with it.

New marina restaurant looks to attract year-round diners

Dec 30, 2015
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The owners of a popular Buffalo waterfront restaurant are opening a second eatery next door, this one for year-round service.

Area shorelines received a facelift as volunteers descended upon 40 area sites for the 30th annual Great Lakes Beach Sweep.

City Hall proposes solution to marina parking fee dispute

Jun 19, 2015
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After expressing their opposition to charging a fee for parking during special events at Erie Basin Marina, some Buffalo Common Council members say they have a better way to make sure people are using the lot fairly.

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The Nina and the Pinta, replicas of the ships that Columbus sailed on his trans-Atlantic voyages, are now in downtown Buffalo.

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Buffalo is continuing the effort to pump up its waterfront. A popular eatery at the Erie Basin Marina is now in the process of getting a facelift. 

Erie County Sheriff to increase boat patrols

May 21, 2015
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

As this year's boating season gets underway, the Erie County Sheriff's Department says it will be increasing its patrols along the shoreline.

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The City of Buffalo says it may reconsider massive price hikes for slips at Erie Basin Marina. The cost of rent for boat docks is expected to double by 2016 and then triple by 2017 for nonresidents of the city.

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City Hall is working to make sure the Erie Basin Marina is fully operational this summer with new operators for some popular attractions.

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City Hall moving quickly to put in place a new operator at the Erie Basin Marina, with a new company to manage The Hatch restaurant.

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City officials are looking ahead to summer as they try to rebuild revenues from operations at the Erie Basin Marina in downtown Buffalo.

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Changes are already being made at The Hatch restaurant and other Erie Basin Marina operations, according to Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown.

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Comptroller Mark Schroeder says the company that runs key elements of Buffalo's waterfront has shorted the city $343,245 over the last five years.

The U.S. Coast Guard was called on to perform two rescues on local waterways over a 12-hour period Monday night and Tuesday morning.

WBFO News photo by Ashley Hassett

This winter's fickle weather has forced the cancelation of the Labatt Blue Buffalo Pond Hockey Tournament.

The Labatt Blue Buffalo Pond Hockey Tournament has shifted to 'Plan B' for next weekend. Ice on Lake Erie is not thick enough for play, forcing tournament officials to switch gears.