Just build it

Sandusky kept it simple for the voters: Do you support the waterfront revitalization project? So we'll all get to say in Nove
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

Sandusky kept it simple for the voters: Do you support the waterfront revitalization project?

So we'll all get to say in November whether we support what's become known as the Marina District project, with its condos, hotel, restaurant and retail -- and what certainly looks like improved public access -- in the general area of Battery Park and City Hall.

It's simple, to the point and will serve as a good barometer of how Sandusky voters feel about the project.

And it won't be binding at all.

Which, if the naysayers rally themselves as they show every sign of doing but if the city commissioners show sufficient courage, can be a good thing.

It's good because, although we're loath to support limits on people's right to petition their government, we say what we've always said about this project: What is wrong with the city commissioners doing the job, making the decisions, we elected them to do and make?

That something needs to happen in downtown Sandusky and along its waterfront is long past obvious. And we don't mind saying we're afraid the highly motivated and well-organized legion of those who don't want anything that doesn't remind them of Sandusky in the 1950s, with the stores downtown and the union auto plant jobs on the edge of town, will once again manage to shout down any attempt at getting out of the crab basket in which we find ourselves.

It's happening here and it could happen in Port Clinton. At this rate, the project planned by Avon developer Peter Restivo for Pelee Island will be done before the first spadeful of dirt it turned in either town.

And we'll be stuck in a circle of ever-diminishing returns of more of the same.