The great and wise Northern Spotted Owl says:
Really, I'm done on this issue. The city's been beat up enough over it. Besides, I think the voters are going to straighten out the mess come November...
The "outsider" will attempt to straighten out the backward thinking at city hall. Gonna be one hell of a fight. I hear there's already been a failed attempt to disqualify her candidacy.
And I don't want to end this post, so it's going to be long winded...kinda like a Craig Stahl explanation on how he's related to everyone of consequence who's lived in Sandusky over the past 50 years, which would include the author* of this recent letter to the editor:
(*Don Huntley Sr. is Craig Stahl's uncle. I know, i know. Don't choke on your coffee. You knew there was some reason the SYC was about to get the Perry Street right-of-way without a fight, didn't ya?)
Anyway, isn't the letter hilariously transparent?
Line by line, of course.
The pompous rich man says:
I have owned my own business in Sandusky since 1956. I moved my business into downtown Sandusky when everyone else moved out, employing up to 35 people until my semi-retirement in 1992. I still own the property and run a small company at 133 E. Market St.
I am a prominent local business man therefore, I should be allowed special rights and privileges. (I'm setting up my case to let my club do whatever they please with Sandusky's waterfront.)
I joined the Sandusky Yacht Club in 1956, was commodore in 1974, trustee for two terms.
I'm a really old but important guy at the Yacht Club.
SYC and the city of Sandusky were always good friends and that’s the way it should be. When the lawsuit was filed, it was a sad day for me and for Sandusky.
We were always good friends - until our members (or relatives) on the commission weren't able to deliver to us the city's resources which we desired.
Cooler heads prevailed as the city and SYC worked things out.
I was upset until the idea of "emergency legislation" was brought up and the city was about to give us exactly what we wanted without a fight!
The yacht club has grown into one of the few premier locations on the waterfront, spending millions of dollars on house and grounds and of course our fantastic marina.
It's a private club - but don't worry about that because our marina is AWESOME! Come on, you know you love looking at our boats!
This has been done with our own funds.
We used our own money! Not like that dirty bird Eymann and his pie-in-the-sky 'marina district' quest for federal stimulus funds!
We also built the break wall coming off of the Meigs Street Pier with our own funds. This cost the club in the neighborhood of a couple of hundred thousand dollars.
(We would've blocked community access to that breakwall if it weren't for that Tim Schwinger - or whatever his name is! Believe me, putting that damn sidewalk in was no picnic either. Now we have to endure the unsightly homeless-looking pedestrians as they walk around our marina...believe me, that's no picnic either.)
This has all been done with our own funds.
Did I mention that we did it with our own money? We have lots of it.
The yacht club has grown into becoming one of Sandusky’s larger employers. This is great for city income tax.
("Larger" is a great word, don't you think? It's undefined and open to interpretation.)
A club growing as fast as we are always has problems. We need room for parking, boat docking and other projects. This will also include transient dockage for the city,
(In the end, we'll CONTROL that dockage - but it still sounds good, doesn't it?)
If you don’t help us, you may kill the goose that laid the golden egg for the city.
I'm an arrogant son-of-a-gun, ain't I? But I'm allowed to be, because the golden eggs we lay on a daily basis are worth more than you make all year! My club is "the goose that laid the golden egg" compared to every other business or organization in this entire crappy city!
Clubs or companies that can’t expand become dormant and go by the wayside or move.
Yeah! We're gonna move! Who needs "water" for a "yacht club" anyway?!
I am confident the Sandusky Yacht Club is not asking for a free lunch.
We're not asking for free lunch - we're asking for free property!
We have always paid our own way and always will. Please listen to the terms of the agreement...
We're not shiesters. I PROMISE! Give us the land, now! Damn it! Please...pretty please? With sugar on top and a big chocolate covered cherry?
...not negative reporting. This only sells newspapers.
Stupid, hot-damn Sandusky Register...
At last night's commission meeting, city resident Deidre Cole stepped up to the podium and delivered this address:
Meanwhile, city manager Matt Kline wonders why residents are so angry.
During his interview with the Sandusky Register, Kline explained that he received an overwhelming response from people who were upset with the John Hamilton arrest. They wrote from all over the country. Kline spoke specifically of a woman from Tennesee who he described as "angry" with the city of Sandusky:
"Maybe it's the economy," says Kline. [Chuckle.] Guess again, Mr. Kline.
Kline apologized for his snarky email to Sharon Johnson. That's good. It's a start. But do you feel that Kline has a grip on what upsets citizens and do you think Kline has a genuine interest in changing it?
UPDATE: Going on a vacation for a little while. Feel free to keep posting comments, but the site is on standby for awhile...