The people of Port Clinton decided last year by voting to develop Waterworks Park. If we are truly a government by the people, of the people and for the people, we should follow the vote of the people. The city has an interested developer again and this time, we should move forward in the development of this piece of property and bring new revenue streams to the city. The first concept would be to develop a marina that would attract locals and visitors to our area and help the downtown businesses. New jobs and an attractive waterfront, and finally, Port Clinton would be a designation and not a parking lot for the islands. I am amazed those who oppose such development are not listening to the majority of those who voted on Issue 10.
We need to focus on the future, not let some say remain the status quo. It reminds me of a number of years ago when the Jet Express wanted to purchase the Waterworks building and build a new playground park and invest millions of dollars in improvements and expansion and public pressure put on city council turned them away. They moved and we lost $300,000 in revenue. We need positive thinking by our city fathers and we have new council members who are progressive thinkers. I urge the mayor and council to work with this new developer and bring growth to our city.
Right now, we are mowing grass and watching millions of dollars pass us by. Let’s not make the same mistake twice. As the late Gordon Cooper, mayor of Port Clinton, said, “Keep Port Clinton progressive.”
Thomas M. Brown, former mayor