Sandusky city marina's finances continue to sink

Sinking finances once again shipwrecked the Paper District Marina's bottom line.
Andy Ouriel
Dec 17, 2012

The publicly operated Shoreline Drive marina lost roughly $44,000 in 2012, according to city financial documents.

After opening in July, the 62-slip marina produced roughly $17,000, primarily through people docking their boats and people paying for food at the nearby Dockside Cafe.

Marina-related expenses, however, totaled almost $62,000, covering costs mostly for upkeep and staffing.

For more on the marina's shortfall and plans for the 2013 season, pick up a copy of Monday's Register.



The worst part is that this dockside restaurant is competing with the restaurants and shops downtown. The taxpayer is basically footing the bill to discourage boaters from docking their boats and exploring the local businesses. If anything the taxpayers are shooting themselves in the foot.
The restaurant needs to be nothing more than a concession stand and encourage boaters to dock and go spend money downtown. The only person getting money out of this is the person running that specific restaurant. It needs to be changed so that the benefits go to increasing the entire area's revenues, not just the one guy who somehow landed this cushy contract at taxpayers' expense.


Balderdash. The more restaurants open, the better they all do.

No better place to watch the sunset than from the Dockside.


Wow! How could I argue with that genius logic? Amazing!

Govt funded competition for our local businesses! I would love to know what the local eateries think of their competition being funded by their taxes.

Licorice Schtick

Nonsense. The Dockside closes at sunset. Where do you think the patrons go next?

The transient marina project adds to the appeal of a visit to Sandusky. Everyone wins in the long run. And anyone who thinks that adding a competing restaurant nearby is automatically bad, doesn't know anything about that business.

DEEPsix's picture

it's really a crazy scheme when you consider, very few people, as we COULD NOT MOOR AT THE DOCKS DUE to shalow depths of the marina, and, there are no acceptable businesses for use to walk to in the city. What draw is there for those of us with boats larger than 48' to bring big money spenders to your little pipe dream marina? Caesar is a great guy, he gave over and above to the success of this location,Sandusky when we can go to dozens of other great, established venues are mush greater savings on fuel, etc?


I have never met Caesar, he could be the best guy in the world, but the problem is that the city has used tax payer money to set him up as a competitor to the downtown it's trying to revitalize.

There is still hope for it, but it needs to be changed.


I disagree. The more eateries & drinkeries the better. An example is pizza parlors. The more pizza parlors in an area the more pizza is eaten. Folks think the opposite is true but it isn't.



Pastor Ron

It is safer to stay at Dockside because people might get hit by rocks falling off the Keller Building. Pretty sad that a block of Shoreline Dr. has to be blocked off. Maybe Dockside can rent hard helmets for those who want to venture to the downtown area. I suggest you pray when you walk past the Keller Building.


The transient marina concept has yet to go through an entire boating season due to delayed opening.

The city should renegotiate with the present manager to improve the terms and see what happens next season with some off season promotion and publicity and the plans to utilize the amphitheater next summer.

The transient concept should be given more time to prove it can work.

And this may be the first time I have agreed with T. A. Schwanger about anything.

For those whining about the success of the present manager, why didn't you submit a proposal to run the marina yourself?

The Bizness

First of all most people including myself don't go to Dockside then not venture to another bar, or place. Boaters go to Kelleys Island/Put-in-bay and don't stop at the place they dock at.

Secondly Ceaser owns other well established downtown restaurants, and he has found another niche to fill. This will become a draw for boaters once the words out.

Someone goes to the sand bar for a day and want to get lunch and a beer and its a 5 minute ride away.


"We have met the enemy and they are ours; two ships, two brigs, one schooner and one sloop."
-- Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry

"We have met the enemy and he is us."
-- Pogo, apparently from Sandusky


At least all the docks are still floating right side up! More than you can say about last year! Sandusky is run by morons.


To the Register...again another example of why The people need these blogs. Could you imagine having rational conversations in a public setting?