City commissioners should promptly reject the proposed settlement of a lawsuit filed by the Sandusky Yacht Club against city residents that would expand the club's water dockage rights to the east of the club north of the former Surf's Up property, now commonly referred to as the Sandusky Bay Pavillion.
There are a good number of reasons why the city should "just say no" to the Yacht Club and its board of directors, not the least of which is the bad precedent it would be to capitulate to the demands of a private company that it be given public property and water rights. The Yacht Club board has behaved like a spoiled child throughout this effort to expand its waterfront operation and voting in favor of this settlement would be rewarding that bad behavior.
The city needs to develop a comprehensive plan for its waterfront, and it would be downright silly to give away the water rights and the view of the portion of the property it owns. Surf's Up has become a sort of People's Park during the past two decades and commissioners would be foolish and irresponsible if they voted to give that away.
The Sandusky Yacht Club should find a way to overcome whatever challenges it is facing -- be they financial or membership-related -- without forcing residents to devalue city-owned property to increase the value of Yacht Club-owned property.