Q: Hi Jason, My sisters and I were talking about median mowing on a recent trip through the state of New York. The entire length of Rts. 86/88 are blanketed with wildflowers that stand about six to eight inches tall. Beautiful, no fossil fuels used to mow, no man power and no equipment to buy and maintain. Why do we mow medians?
— Mary on Wayne Street
A: I agree with you, Mary. The wildflowers look beautiful. At least a dozen states, according to the New York Times, have significantly cut back mowing and let wildflowers grow along the median. But polls show that Americans favor tidy lawns over wildflowers. Police also like to have medians neatly trimmed to improve sightlines at turnarounds.
In my opinion, wildflowers would save Ohio money and reduce our use of fossil fuels. They would also make our highways unique. By growing native flowers and vegetation, we could showcase Ohio’s natural beauty.
Delaware and a few other states have done something similar along I-95, and it’s great to watch the scenery and vegetation change as you drive from state to state along the east coast.
Unfortunately, I have no power at the Ohio Department of Transportation, so for now, we’ll have to keep paying for the mowed medians.
Q: Hi Jason, Last Saturday I was sitting on the patio at Water Street Bar and Grille eating a lovely meal and enjoying the scenery.
I noticed that more than a dozen boats came into the Jet Express dock hoping to come ashore but couldn’t find parking. I wonder how much money these people could have spent in Sandusky on a holiday afternoon?
Is it possible that transient dockage could be allotted downtown so boaters could visit and enjoy time in Sandusky? Thanks.
— Sheila in Columbus
A: Thank you for the question, Sheila. The city is building the Paper District Marina at the western edge of downtown, which will have 62 transient docks.
If all goes well, it should open some time next year. This will, I hope, alleviate the problems you witnessed during your visit.
Q: What can you tell us about the progress of our two new movie theaters? The one behind the mall seems to be coming along nicely, but I noticed the one by Menards hasn’t even started. Did the financing fall through for our second new theater, or are they just behind schedule?
— Chris from Perkins
A: Your observations show your wisdom, Chris. The Cinemark behind Sandusky Mall — which will have stadium seating, 12 screens and at least one 3D theater — is ahead of schedule. It will definitely open by December and may even open by Thanksgiving, said Joe Bell, a spokesman for Cafaro Co., the parent company of Sandusky Mall.
Unfortunately, I don’t have much information on the second theater. I spoke with Carmike spokesman Robert Rinderman Thursday morning and asked about the proposed theater near Menards. He promised to get me information, but I so far haven’t heard from him. When I know more, you’ll know more.
Q: What happened to Sandusky Pride?
— Lynn on McKinley Street
A: This may come as surprise, Lynn, but the group is still around. Jeff Smith, the group’s president, said “they’ve taken a step back” during the summer because everybody’s busier this time of year. But they’re still active. In fact this week, members of Sandusky Proud will visit local neighborhoods, handing out letters of thanks to residents who keep their homes and apartments well-groomed, Smith said.
The group also adopted Shoreline Park this year and has tried to maintain it throughout the spring and summer.
Sandusky Proud popped up during a highly politicized time in Sandusky. Several of its high-profile members were residents who had been very politically active. Because of that, I think a lot of people doubted the group’s sincerity to be apolitical and felt it pushed particular agendas and politicians.
But I had a long conversation with Jeff Smith this week. His heart is in the right place. Sandusky Proud wants to make the city better. It wants to do apolitical improvements like cleaning up underpasses and promoting local vendors.
They don’t meet regularly, but will meet sometime in August. If you have some extra time, you might want to try to make that meeting. You might find it an organization worth supporting.
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