Targa Newfoundland expressed its regret the Marystown council has voted to no longer allow stages to be run within Marystown town limits.
Organizers said, in an email statement, “we feel this vote was taken without due consideration or without any consultation with us or with community organizers and businesses in Marystown and surrounding areas of the Burin Peninsula.”
The statement noted Targa Newfoundland has a 12-year record of cooperation, economic contribution and civic involvement with every level of the community.
“We are extremely disappointed this appears to be coming to an end.”
Targa officials insisted concerns for safety are simply not borne out by the facts – dozen years of the event being in existence and more than seven million kilometres of competition, with one spectator incident and none in Marystown thanks to the sophisticated safety plans implemented by the local team and the thousands of volunteers, who have given their time and effort to the event over the 12 years it has been associated with the community.
In the statement, it was pointed out “In our view, the dedicated local organizers and volunteers deserve better treatment. They have worked with the community to stage a world-class event in their hometown. No other event does that for Marystown.
“Students have gained valuable experience in volunteering and organizational skills while working with Targa. These students will now lose this experience through Targa, which in turn will directly affect their volunteer hours needed for graduation from high school.”
Targa officials suggested much of the general population of Marystown has been delighted with Targa over the years, and do look forward to it each year it comes to town.
The statement claimed the local economy is directly and positively impacted by the event, and the new plan, which was scheduled to have been introduced in 2014, of having two overnights and two car shows in Marystown would have increased the financial imprint in the business community.