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Turn right at the light

Register • Oct 21, 2013 at 8:48 AM

If the worst problem Cedar Point has is a delay emptying its parking lot on a Saturday in October, then the park and its management team are doing a whole lot the right way and enjoying huge success from their labors. 

Area residents saw traffic jams all day long along the routes to CP last weekend, and if that's the worst of the city's problems on a Saturday in October then there's huge — HUGE — opportunity. Late-season business downtown will bring big dollars to our merchants and revenue to local government. 

It's happened every October for the last decade — with the success of HalloWeekends at the park — and the way for tourists to avoid a delay heading out from the park from the causeway is to take a right at the light at First Street. 

The Apex building is gone and that land is prime. Lyman Harbor could use some help in envisioning and developing an entertainment district from Causeway Drive to Meigs Street that connects down Meigs to the downtown business district. 

It's big, bold and it's been on the table for years.  

We'd like to see it become a priority for the new Sandusky city commission Jan. 1. 

And before the usual adversaries take to their corners for a pro-development vs. pro-preservation showdown, perhaps both sides should take a deep breath and look for common ground.

A "mixed-use" plan that preserves the parkland along the waterfront and provides space for commercial growth would be one path to prosperity. 

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