I just closed my downtown business after being open for almost two years! Within those two years, it was a battle with city officials: First, for a corner sign so people could find us; second, I had two ice cream carts. I could not be within 16 feet from any corner and could not go on the sidewalk or park on the beach! The only time we made any money was when downtown had festivals which our new administration has decided to cut back! (Instead there should be one per month.)
Our mayor has big dreams that make no sense.
-- Beautification. Good idea, but many people cant afford new sidewalks, new siding, new roofs, etc. in certain neighborhoods. Don't say there are grants available because I applied and they said my home was too bad. How good should it be for a grant to fix up your home?
-- City officials should shop downtown, In the two years I was open, not one came into my store.
There are options that can save Port Clinton:
-- Impeach city officials that have ridiculous plans and do not care for the poor and low income. What do you think?
-- Monthly festivals. This increases downtown business.
-- Grants for downtown business, under $25,000.
-- One percent Port Clinton sales tax. One percent more for people making over $75,000; one percent less for people making under $25,000.
-- New thinking -- trickle down from rich does not work! Help the poor and middle class first.
There will be rebuttal because it's easy to blame the citizens and I was afraid at first to write this, but citizens should not be afraid of their government. The government should be afraid of us!