Border Patrol's new office site still up in the air

PORT CLINTON Plans for a new U.S. Border Patrol office expected to be built somewhere in eastern Ott
Sarah Weber
May 24, 2010

PORT CLINTON

Plans for a new U.S. Border Patrol office expected to be built somewhere in eastern Ottawa County are still up in the air.

Chris Grogan, a spokesman for the agency, said Friday that Border Patrol is "still in a holding pattern" on the project.

He said, however, more information about the proposed new office will be forthcoming.

The agency announced plans to build an office and increase its force in the area to better serve the northern border in early 2009. Since then, there has been a great deal of speculation about where the agency might choose to move, but few plans have been confirmed other than the agency's interest in Ottawa County. Agency officials also said the office will house about 50 agents.

After the initial announcement Ottawa County Commissioners said Border Patrol had inquired about the site of the Ottawa County Visitors Bureau on Ohio 53 in Portage Township, which is adjacent to the Erie-Ottawa Regional Airport.

Until a suitable location is prepared, federal agents are occupying a temporary office in the Feick Office Building in downtown Sandusky.

Wherever the agency plans to permanently locate, local police departments have enjoyed having the extra law enforcement in the area.

"You see somebody driving around in a marked cruiser, which they will be, that's a deterrent," said Port Clinton police Chief Tom Blohm after Border Patrol announced the project.