So after an expensive, long battle that developed the economies of no one but the lawyers, Sandusky’s Marina District development has been declared dead.
This editorial board supported the idea back when Mike Will floated it because we supported growth and development and it seemed like an idea that maximized the taxable use of Sandusky’s greatest asset, its waterfront, while still preserving public access and enjoyment (yes, we still say that).
But the project died of multiple causes, ranging from a vicious circle of dissent, distrust and secrecy to the mercy round fired by a tanking economy.
So what next? Look for some other way to develop the property? Leave the park alone? Find a way to mix businesses, such as retail and restaurants the public might use, with the view? And what about one of the original purposes of the project, to move city hall off waterfront land?
Well, in a day or so, the leadership that will help determine that might change, might not. Whoever is in charge after the votes are counted Tuesday night will play the major part in determining the direction.
Obviously, one person’s vision alone won’t cut it, not in Sandusky’s political climate. As Chief Brody might have said to Captain Quint, we’re going to need a bigger consensus.
We hesitate to suggest the need for a comprehensive plan covering the waterfront from, say, the Shelby Street Boat Ramp all the way east to the First Street properties