Sandusky Vs. Yacht Club

Bryan Dubois
Mar 23, 2010

 

Public sightlines to the water must be preserved because the waterfront is a natural resource that enhances economic development.  Public property should not be privatized to simply benefit whoever has enough money to take it.

Regarding this article:

The important point here to figure out is how does the city commission overturn a decision previously made by the planning commission?  The commission vote, I'm told, would have to be 6 to 1 to overturn a unanimous decision by the planning commission.  That's a point worth checking in the city charter.

John Mears is understandably ticked by the news of the possible settlement with the yacht club:

Imagine that.  Standing on principle.  Whoddathunkit?

Back when the commission voted on denying the request from the yacht club, it's important to note that the decision was unanimous:

Notice that Mears takes a principled stand on the matter:  Vacating city resident's property will never be okay.  The property belongs to the public and should stay in the residents' control. 

Public sightlines to the water must be preserved because the waterfront is a natural resource that enhances economic development.  Public property should not be privatized to simply benefit whoever has enough money to take it.

Yacht Club member Stahl, on the other hand:

"The timing is wrong.  Not now, but maybe later when the timing is right."

So it should come as no surprise that Stahl is now pushing to settle with the yacht club for nothing.

If resident's allow the city to keep giving everything away, there will be no land left to defend.