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Port Clinton needs to keep waterfront

Register • Aug 21, 2014 at 11:20 AM

I would like to suggest the Ottawa County powers that be consider putting the “Port” in Port Clinton.

As Lake Erie is our most valuable asset, why not use it for the enjoyment of our thousands of summer visitors and locals?

Consider an expensive, long-term development of a safe harbor at Port Clinton, 200+ dock spaces surrounded with low-impact, one-story buildings for various retail, boating and fishing support business. A low-impact master plan could be developed protecting the lake vista as much as possible.

Port Clinton’s downtown like St Joe, Michigan, would benefit from the additional visitor activity.

Let’s be real, our industry is tourism. We have a 110-day window to make hay and then we go semi-dormant.

Until somebody comes along with several hundred additional year-round manufacturing jobs employing hundreds of locals, tourism is it.

Quit whining about Put-in-Bay, Cedar Point taking all the summer business, there’s room for all if you get off the dime and start long-term financial and physical layout planning.

Put the PORT back into Port Clinton.

—Ken Benjamin


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