What happened to Citizens for Sandusky's Future playing nice, as their Web site promotes? Leaders of the group, formed to support the Battery Park/City Hall redevelopment project, first attacked Commissioner Waddington for traveling throughout the community attempting to get the pulse of the citizens regarding the project.
Citizens for Responsive Government, the group attempting to get the 30-acre development project on the ballot for public vote, is accused of "having ulterior motives, being negative and against everything" for exercising our right to pursue a public vote. Knowing there are not enough affirmative commission votes to shove the project through as an emergency, circumventing a public vote, this group is now trying to put the squeeze on Commissioner Crandall and Edmon for standing their ground supporting a public vote amid severe pressure.
We agree with Commissioner Crandall. If this project is so great, why are these folks in such a state of panic, afraid of a public vote? Perhaps this project is not the cure-all for Sandusky's social and economic problems as is being promoted by all the groups lining up supporting the project? Perhaps they know the majority of citizens will not support this project at the polls.
If the general public can vote on the construction of a Wal-Mart, certainly we have the right to vote on the private development of a 30-acre parcel of public property. This project has been suspect from the onset and continues with the Marina District fact sheet filled with speculation, half-truths and deception with several key questions still unanswered.
Several private developments along our watefront are ongoing or in the planning process. Our waterfront is shrinking. As private development continues, the importance of preserving and improving Battery Park is obvious. Let the citizens decide.