A local attorney says he's tired of Erie County officials and developers being blamed for a problem he believes should have been handled long ago by state transportation officials.
The private drive leading to Baywinds Athletic Club along U.S. 250, which would also serve as the entrance and exit for the new Maui Sands Resort, raised issues last month when the Ohio Department of Transportation informed local officials it violated access management codes.
Attorney William Smith, representing Baywinds Athletic Club, wrote a letter last week to Ohio Department of Transportation district director John Hart complaining that the problem has yet to be resolved. With the resort still scheduled to open in mid-May, he said the poorly-designed drive could adversely affect business at Baywinds and pose serious safety hazards.
"They're passing the buck to Erie County and Maui Sands, but I think really it's an issue ODOT needs to address," he said.