Should the Marina District go for a second vote? Absolutely not! Elections mean something. This is an abuse of the referendum process that the city has in place.
On Nov. 6, 2007, the ballot read "Should the City proceed with private/public redevelopment" of the Battery Park, City Hall, and Surf's Up properties while "preserving and enhancing the city's parks and waterfront access for public access." On that principle, the majority voted to have the City Commission move forward with the development agreement. I think it is obvious the current plan does all of that, given the feedback to the City Commission and Mr. Eymann.
What if the vote had been "no" and a Pro-Marina District group filed a petition for a referendum to send it back for a second vote? CRG would be claiming that the majority had spoken by voting "no".
The majority has spoken and they want a brighter future for Sandusky with the Marina District. Slim as the margin may have been, it was a majority.
Since when is development and creating more green space a bad thing? Why not bring more people downtown and increase green space at the same time? I would love to have more green space to have my daughters play in when we are down at the marina. I am in favor of this project because I am also thinking of their futures.
Getting the development agreement approved is even more critical in the current economy. We need to get this project moving. Remember elections mean something and the majority voted for more green space and new life for downtown Sandusky.