In true knee jerk Sandusky City Commission fashion, the commissioners were about to take an emergency vote on giving away public property to the Sandusky Yacht club. "No need to examine or consider the ramifications of such a decision," Sandusky Ex-Officio Mayor Craig Stahl didn't say, "Let's have an emergency vote and get this over with!"
Note which Commissioner said, 'slow down and let's think about this:' (Waddington)
How could anyone think that emergency legislation is a good way to handle an issue like this? Much less an elected official who supposedly has city resident's interests at heart?
Here's a little background on the whole scenario:
The yacht club is trying to get ownership of the property below boxed in yellow which is referred to as the "Perry Street right of way":
SYC believes the city should vacate it's ownership of the property for -- we don't really know why, because the SYC members already use the area for parking. Given the SYC's suddenly chummy relationship with John Eymann, the architect turned "developer" of Marina District fame, there might be another plan developing. Tim Schwanger, of Save Our Shoreline Parks, speculates that the SYC is seeking the property for seemingly innocuous reasons and will then change their development plan for a larger condo building once they own the property because they will need the extra room to allow for the required "setback" (space between their proposed building and the property line.)
The yacht club sued the city of Sandusky over the city's denial of a 120 ft. height variance to allow their highrise condo (That lawsuit is the reason city commissioners always go into an executive session at the end of commission meetings.) The SYC wants to replace their current building with a 12-story condo complex which would contain their restaurant, rentals and full time residences for their members.
During the minutes, (read the whole thing, because the back and forth reads like a snot nosed kid begging his parents to let him do something against their better judgement.) two zoning board members give the reason Sandusky shouldn't have a 12-story highrise on waterfront property:
Forward thinking people are trying to stop any waterfront development which encroaches on public sightlines to the water. Interestingly enough, Sandusky has a codified ordinance against waterfront development as such:
Just because the city has allowed previous violations of this ordinance does mean it should continue. Citizens should remind the city of this ordinance because it's frequently ignored.
Update: The Register has a good video summary of both viewpoints here.
Good laugh: If you watch the video linked above, you'll hear the SYC spokesman attempt to sell the idea of letting the SYC build more transient docks inside their marina - which would effectively block the waterfront sightline from the Sandusky Bay Pavilion - by claiming that city residents who walk the breakwall at the end of Shoreline park enjoy looking at the boats inside the yacht club more than they enjoy looking at the water! Bwwwwwahahahaha!
That's got to be the height of arrogance: "You'd rather watch rich people play on their boats inside our marina than look at the Sandusky Bay, wouldn't ya?
Yeah, I'm sure I'd be looking at the boats.