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Port Clinton needs to vote on park issue

Register • Jun 23, 2014 at 5:44 PM

While reading the Ottawa County Register, I was surprised to read what one of our ex-mayors and one of our active councilmen thought about the citizens wanting to vote on the biggest issue Port Clinton has had in the 88 years I have lived here.

Isn’t voting still the American way? Wasn’t voting the reason our ex-mayor was mayor of Port Clinton for all those years? And wasn’t voting what made him so happy when we, the citizens, voted to rezone the citizens’ park?

Now, all at once, are we to believe voting is not the American way?

It was even more surprising to read that one of our councilmen would be against the citizens wanting to vote to try to save their park from being covered with condos.

I can remember when our councilmen would fight to get the citizens what they wanted. That was the American way. Now it seems like the council is fighting the citizens to get what the council wants. That is not the American way.

We are very fortunate to have a group of citizens (C.O.R.D.) that give their time, effort, and money to try and save our parks for us. Anyone that loves Port Clinton has to love the C.O.R.D., God bless all of them.

It is said that Washington Properties will transform Waterworks Park into a multi-million dollar lodge, boardwalk and storefront area with other amenities. I’m sure you citizens all know what the other amenities are — condos.

How can condos help anyone other than the wealthy owners who will use them six or eight weekends a year, but will close out the beauty of the lake and the river, 52 weeks a year?

If you want to save our parks, please sign the C.O.R.D. petition so we can put it to a vote — the American way.

— Bob Walls, Sr.

Port Clinton

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