I have a small shop by the Subway on Jefferson Street in Port Clinton and we just started to get a little business and what does the city do? Make everyone pay $5 to park to see the lake, maybe go on a charter, go out to eat and shop downtown.
On Mother's Day weekend, I sae more than 20 cars turning around which created a bottleneck and a small child was almost hit by a car!
I'm very confused. The city officials are supposed to care about small business and this is what I see -- a great town dying.
But what do they do? Take away festivals of which we should have more (Summerfest, Winterfest, Harvestfest, Christmasfest, etc.). Where's the Paul McCartney concert, LOL. This is not Cleveland or Columbus. The most ridiculous thing that people may not know, is that business owners and residents pay $10 to park.
The great mayor of Port Clinton was 15 feet away from my storefront and couldn't even stop in to wish us luck, or ask if there's anything she can do to help. No, No, No. I have talked to other business owners who have said they have received no support.
In these hard times, we have to realize old ways don't work. We need leaders with personality, vision, help for the common person.
The most sensible idea would be to put a ramp off Jefferson Street Pier (a grant should be available), charge for launching, not parking. Think, think, think; these people may walk downtown and love it the way I do!
To the city officials -- if you do not want to help small businesses, please, please, stop hurting us.