Let us look at a few positive efforts that have been made north of Perry Street in the last decade or so. There are the wetlands, which had grown up in parasitic weeds, which had choked out the purple loosestrife, which had choked out the cattails. Those have been cut down and, hopefully, are being eliminated so someone other than the Perry Street residents with upstairs windows can actually see the lake, the gem of Port Clinton. Perhaps with the success of the effort by a Land Trust agency, the remainder of the lakefront will be transformed into a thing of beauty complete with a boardwalk that is handicapped accessible.
Then there is the Derby Pond, which has been revitalized primarily due to the relentless effort of one city council member, Debbie Hymore-Tester. The funding of this project was provided by individual contributions and grants. Now children can truly fish in the pond.
The Rotary Club of Port Clinton funded a skateboard park along with playground equipment, all of which are portable. And the city planning commission recommended that the city council change the zoning of the 14 acres of Waterworks Park to that of the central business district in order that development of any future efforts for the land may become fact. The city council has passed legislation to accomplish that.
So now the groundwork has been laid and request for proposals have been received to proceed to accomplish a change to the city of Port Clinton. Residents have spoken out either in favor of change of some kind or against any further change "north of Perry Street". Something that will assist in making the city a destination point must be done or the streets and infrastructure will continue to deteriorate and the city will be forced to close down. The work of so many concerned citizens over so many months to plan for change will have been for naught. This must not happen.
Robert B. Armbruster