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Negotiations OK’d to move air show to Newton County

Spectators watch from water during South Shore Air show Marquette Park Beach Gary Ind. Saturday July 7 2012. The air

Spectators watch from the water during the South Shore Air show at Marquette Park and Beach in Gary, Ind. Saturday July 7, 2012. The air show continues Sunday. | Stephanie Dowell~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: December 19, 2013 10:51PM

In a 12-4 vote, the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority has OK’d that negotiations can take place to take the annual air show from Gary’s lakefront to Fair Oaks Farms in Newton County.

Prior to the board vote, 10 people, including Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott, spoke to the board. Of the 10 comments, nine were against the move. Six of those were from Hammond, including McDermott. The lone supporter was from Schererville.

The plan to move the air show must come back before the board for final approval.

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