LETTER: Marina District moving target

The commissioners, under Mr. Murray's and Stahl's leadership, have given Sandusky citizens the housing department debacle, Nuesse-ga
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

 

The commissioners, under Mr. Murray's and Stahl's leadership, have given Sandusky citizens the housing department debacle, Nuesse-gate; development issues with Reiger Lofts, the Chesapeake, and transient marina; a failed joint dispatch agreement, three city managers in two years and now Cold Creek Crossing. All of these issues remain unsettled.

While we can't go back and undo the follies Mr. Murray, Stahl and Kline have led the city into, we can still do something about the Marina District. The commissioners and city managers have proven again and again that they lack development expertise and are no match for professional developers. Pursuing these projects has impacted other departments. They willing hire outside law firms, but refuse to hire the development expertise this city desperately needs.

When Murray and Stahl hyped the Marina District to us last fall, they sold it as a no cost opportunity for a new city hall. Their supporters hastily arranged for an economic impact report that promised an economic bonanza that would lead to the city's revival. They exalted and exaggerated the sales of downtown condos and credited them for the visibly revitalized downtown. How many downtown condos remain unsold since last fall? How many businesses have closed in the last six months?

Marina District plans have now been scaled back to Surf's Up. Future development is contingent on Surfs Up's success, Plans for a new city hall are undetermined and the development will now cost the city (tax payers) undetermined millions. How does this project remotely resemble the project we voted on last fall? Where is the revised economic impact report? Ask the city if it has a business plan.

The Marina District keeps changing. Mr. Eyman and city leaders keep spinning their story with little transparency. It is time to say no to city hall!

Mark Norman

Sandusky