ELECTION: Zoning vote to decide future of P.C. park

PORT CLINTON Port Clinton voters could decide the fate of the marina district project by ruling on a zoning change. Re
JACOB LAMMERS
May 24, 2010

PORT CLINTON

Port Clinton voters could decide the fate of the marina district project by ruling on a zoning change.

Residents will have the opportunity Nov. 6 to change Water Works Park from a Institutional, Governmental and Open Space district to a Central Business district.

The zoning change allows restaurants, shops and hotels to build within the 14-acre park, which is mainly limited to parks, baseball fields and a pond under the governmental district.

If they vote yes to change the zoning:

Mayor Tom Brown said the zoning change would allow Puller Group, an Indianapolis-based developer, to build a waterpark, convention center, hotel and 150- to 250-slip marina at Water Works Park.

The project would cost about $99 million to build and create at least 350 permanent jobs.

With the zoning approved, Puller Group could begin construction on the project in early 2008.

If zoning change is defeated, Water Works Park would remain the same and nothing would change on the property.

"Basically, everything stops and the developer cannot proceed with the project," Brown said.

"It will remain as a park."

A grass roots organization, Citizens Organized for Responsible Development, placed the zoning issue on the November ballot via a referendum.

Don Finke, spokesman for the group, has maintained that with the zoning issue on the ballot it gives people the power to decide whether they want development at the park.