Fort Erie was recognized as the Winner of the National Communities-in-Bloom Competition, at the National Awards Ceremony held in Edmonton on October 13, 2012. Fort Erie also received special recognition for the Point Abino Lighthouse Restoration.
“Such national recognition is big” stated Mayor Douglas Martin. “Fort Erie should be extremely proud of this outstanding accomplishment, as it is a direct result of the efforts of the entire community to make Fort Erie a better place. Well done Fort Erie!”
The National Communities-in-Bloom Judges Evelyn Alemanni and Jim Baird wrote that “Fort Erie is a town where all the community partners are working together. Citizens groups, businesses, the town and even the International Bridge Authority all work together. Special mention should be made of the community volunteer organizations which produce some spectacular floral displays. The Town has also stepped up to the plate in a major way with the restoration of the Point Abino Lighthouse. The Town made the financial commitment to purchase this unique National Historic Site, and then worked with other government partners to complete a $1.4 million restoration of the exterior which was finished in 2011. This concrete structure’s many classical details have been meticulously restored.”