The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

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June 28, 2013

Ultimate Prize

Medina Journal-Register — POINT BREEZE — Members of the World Fishing Network visited Point Breeze on Wednesday morning to present the spoils of victory.

The small community within the Town of Carlton recently won the title of Ultimate Fishing Town, and all that goes with it.

“This proves that great things do indeed come in small packages,” said Mike Waterhouse, Orleans County Sportfishing Coordinator, to a crowd of people on hand for an award ceremony.

“It really says something that out of over 700 towns, Point Breeze is number one,” he said.

Both state and county officials were on hand for the festive announcement. Representative Steve Hawley said one of his fondest memories was of fishing on Lake Ontario with his son, and he called Point Breeze a Western New York treasure. Orleans County Legislature Chairman Dave Callard said he was thrilled to have the title within the county limits.

“We’ll work towards keeping that title, and we’ll look to add embellishments to what we have here,” Callard said.

State Sen. George Maziarz said he felt doubly lucky because Olcott won the title last year, and that community is also in his district. Regarding Point Breeze’s win, Maziarz said it was a great way to enhance community pride.

“It really takes a combined effort to win something like this, and with the award I’m sure you’ll make this an even more beautiful spot,” he said.

WFN’s Mariko Izumi presented Point Breeze with a $25,000 and a trophy. She said seeing a small community snag such an honor was not too shocking.

“I grew up around anglers, and so it’s not surprising to see such a supportive and enthusiastic bunch,” she said.

Izumi said the proximity of Olcott and Point Breeze was merely a coincidence. (In fact, several people mentioned that up until the last minute of voting this year, Cape Hatteras held the lead.) She said the awarded money has gone toward conservation efforts in the past. 

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