As concerned senior citizens of Port Clinton, we feel compelled to express our opinions about the direction of our local economy, the welfare of our city and its residents, and the opportunity now before us to improve our situation.
After attending the public meetings in late 2006, and hearing the Puller Group's proposal for the development of Waterworks Park, we felt excited that something like this could help generate income to revitalize our downtown, create jobs, bring back city services, and most of all improve our streets.
We feel that their proposal of the hotel-convention center, indoor water park, amphitheater, public marina, the boardwalk, a nice restaurant with a view of the water, and retail shops, would attract a variety of people to generate the interest needed to be a success. Local people and visitors of all ages could enjoy these things without having to drive a distance. The boardwalk would offer a safe place to walk near the water, a place to watch the boats going in and out of the harbor, and an amphitheater for entertainment.
We applaud the efforts of all those who are working so hard to accomplish these things, and hope they won't let a few outspoken citizens dampen their spirit to move forward.
Let's not put the burden of getting our city back on its feet on our young married couples and families, long after we senior citizens are gone. The opportunity is here. Let's move forward on it.
Art and Marge Montgomery Deeks