Hey, John Eymann: $50,000 is a pretty generous offer. Take it and go away.
That's what the city of Sandusky might be prepared to offer as a settlement to the developer of the late and unlamented Marina District project, and it's half of the check Eymann said was a good faith deposit he wants back.
You remember: The check city commissioners were assured was deposited, but wasn't. The check exceeded by the legal expenses the city incurred in the project.
Eymann wants more than $89,000, which he says includes about $24,000 worth of surveying and title work.
The city says the Marina District contract means the hundred grand belongs here. Eymann says the city signed the wrong version of the contract. His lawyer, Tim Miller, says people won't want to do business with Sandusky if the city doesn't return the money. We say, let's hope the city does a better job of vetting those with whom it does business.
On principle, we say the city should fight like mad anything that results in Eymann getting back more than $50,000. Back in November, we said in this space Eymann should get bupkes, because of the city's legal expenses. Now, as a matter of practicality, almost certainly because fighting with Eymann in court would cost more, we say the city should make this carefully considered $50,000 offer.
And Eymann should take it and run.
And take the last sorry remnants of this once-promising, now-sordid, story with him.