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Lions Park breakwater in need of repair

Andy Ouriel • Dec 26, 2012 at 2:59 PM

Tim Schwanger, a vocal proponent for shoreline preservation, wants the city to prioritize fixes for the breakwater at Lions Park, if only to safeguard the park and nearby homes.

The breakwater is designed to prevent wave erosion of the shoreline by waves, but it’s long been compromised. It pretty much sits underwater these days, failing to keep waves from crashing on the shore. It’s also a hazard for boaters and wind surfers navigating the waters.


City planners have pinpointed Lions Park as a home for Sandusky’s first public beach, but with a shoreline thinner than new-wave computers, it’s virtually impossible for anyone to sprawl out on a towel or play football on the sand.


Schwanger said he’d like to see the city enhance the breakwater through a “no-cost removal of non-native shoreline debris.” 


This would give visitors easy access to the park’s beach, and they could venture into knee-deep water without fear of injury, Schwanger said.


Schwanger has repeatedly asked the city to rebuild the breakwater. 


“A (breakwater) protects the beach from further erosion and ensures the land doesn’t get swallowed up,” he said. “All we need is the city manager to agree to apply for a permit to do work in the water. This plan would allow the beach to re-establish naturally.”


Read more about the breakwater in today's Register or epaper.

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