Want public land, let the public vote on it

Shush. The Sandusky Yacht Club wants to expand its Water Street home and wants the city to pitch in by vacating a nea
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

Shush.

The Sandusky Yacht Club wants to expand its Water Street home and wants the city to pitch in by vacating a nearby Perry Street property so it can be used for club parking.

But don't tell anyone. It's a secret.

Yacht club representatives attended a city commission meeting last week where some of the details of its expansion plan were presented. They said they were disappointed the city's Planning Commission had twice failed to give its stamp of approval for the plan.

But Planning Commission member John Mears said club representatives had not presented any detailed plans that would warrant approval. Mears suggested they bring their proposal back when it was ready for presentation.

That sounds reasonable.

Mark Gacka, the club treasurer, said the end around was an attempt to keep the expansion plan private until it was ready to present to the club's membership.

That's letting the cart go before the horse -- or the crew sail out ahead of the yacht -- as it were.

The expansion, which could include some housing units and more docks, might very well be a great move for the club and for the city.

But club officials should get their ducks in row before asking the city to donate property for the expansion. Informing the club's membership would be a good start, and from there they should be ready to fully inform the public.

We suggest the club representatives plan, inform and move forward.

And please don't whine. The public's business is best done in public.