Quit reporting island troubles

Jul 31, 2014

Dear Editor,

I suggest you change the name of your "New Ottawa County Register" to the  "New Put-in- Bay Register."

Your daily negative front page drum beat of South Bass Island issues needs to be reviewed.

If your spine-tingling stories are true, I'm sure they will be corrected.

Love your full page Police Blotters and the mis-fits who make it possible.

And your real estate transactions page always make's for spell binding reading, wow!

All of this lazy, space filling reporting negates the positive work of the Lake Erie Shores & Islands organization and various chambers (of commerce).

Your "National Inquiry" reporting destroys the money and time spent encouraging visitors from all over the country to share this wonderful part of Ohio with us.

Our industry is tourism and we all have to deal with thousands of visitors in a short 110-day period.

Most of us in the islands business comunnity wish that 1 percent of those thousands who cause most of the trouble's would go somewhere else.

The picture you continue to paint every day of our community is ugly. Not so and it needs to stop!


Ken Benjamin, owner
Stonehenge Estate
Put-in-Bay, Ohio


Editor's note: The reader's suggestion the Ottawa County Register censor news information to create a better local business climate does not align with better journalistic practices, or general newsroom operating principles at the Sandusky Register and the Ottawa County Register. Both newspapers, in practice, regularly publish news and information that promotes communities and business communities.


Julie R.

Dear Mr. Benjamin,

It IS ugly so why hide it? Just be thankful they don't tell it all, especially since I would be willing to bet Erie County is even worse than your stinking county!


People need to know what goes on at PIB so they can understand the dangers of setting foot on the island and make an informative choice. Keep bringing the public what it needs SR.


I'm heading to Put In Bay this weekend hoping to get roofied. I could use a little action, conscious of it or not.



Stop It

Cram it, Kenny. Fix the problem and all your worries go away. Leave it as is and your problems stay. Barking up the wrong tree, pal.

Ride 'em SR....Like a new pony.



Licorice Schtick

★★★★★ + a big LOL


I am far from a fan of this "newspaper" and especially its editor, but even I think this could possibly be the most ignorant "letter to the editor" that has ever been written in the history of journalism.

The pictures being painted of your community are ugly because the events taking place on "Hedonism" are exactly that.


It used to be fun to go to PIB, now it's a place to be "seen" a bumper sticker and a Sodom and Gomorrah atmosphere. Sad, I like to party but this is sick.

Truth or Dare

Stories regarding PIB, well, they go way beyond the ruffying going on. You must suck up the bad w/the good. If you can't deal w/it, then the only alternative is for those in the know, to out the serial ruffier, and since there seems to be selective treatment by the local PD and for that matter the Mayor, they may never be caught. Hopefully in the meantime, no one dies and no other women are raped. Way I see it, Oct. 31 coming sooner then later could save a life! By the way, I now better understand why it's referred to, and has been for decades mainly by men, as Put Out Bay.


Love that comment Stop It.

What's wrong Ken the short comings of this... Ah-hem... Enchanting Island Lifestyle is finally laid bare and wide-open for the world to see. Apparently, you forgotten journalism and capitalism 101 in your academic efforts. Business a little slow at the office? Or would you rather throw you integrity and business ethics in the dumpster so you can lie and mislead your goodwill minded individual and investor clientele in how owning a piece of PIB landfill is in their best interest.
I cannot understand that if you are a business owner whether or not you agree with the lambasting ( deservedly so ) that the SR is giving your precious islands so called justice system. It kinda gives the impression of what your willing to sacrifice for the Almighty Dollar. Don't lose a portion of your soul in this as you yourself can see that the cat is out of the bag and it is not the cute kitty that you think it is. My friend please re-think your position on this terrible situation and place blame where it belongs, surely not on the SR.


Kenny, you want to help fix the problem? Show up at a meeting and demand change starting with the corrupt PD and its leader. Then maybe look at the Mayor who is allowing it / condoning it. So easy to write a letter, not so easy to support the changes needed.

sandtown born a...

Kenny is either one of the good ole boys club of Putin bay or he is trying to get the pd off his back with a letter! He won't stand against said pd for fear of retaliation or he is one of them period

From the Grave

I hope the douche bags keep going to PIB and don't start going to KI instead.

The governed

KI has their own douche bags along with the drug and hedonism problems the family that owns Kelley's just happens to do a better job of keeping it quiet. Even put in bay lacks a bar with a stripper pole.


PIB allegedly has an after hours strip club and house of ill repute.

Another Opinion

If the figure I read is correct that Christmas In July weekend had an attendance down with a 53% attendance of other years, It is apparent some of the business owners are screaming. Unfortunately business is seasonal on the island and the patronage is mainly dictated by the summer recess of college age party people and the balance is made up with others from the other age or social groups visiting the island. Yesterday the SR published an article which exposed it all. A former police officer revealing how he was told to arrest or harass certain residents and business people who have spoken out at Council meetings about the practices of the Police Dept. Until the Island cleans up the problem, the news won't change. The increased advertising to bring people to the island won't change the problem or the news.


While the person who posted that could not be farther from accurate as visitors were actually up from previous years , you are
Very Much correct in your statement the root of this problem if not addressed may well cause the previously stated falsehood to eventually come true. If now appears the the corruption goes beyond just the police department and more likely than not includes the Mayor. In as much as she now appears to condone these actions (she is the only one who can terminate) she has also by her refusal to act become an accessory to the acts of the pd. What a shame.


The Mayor and Chief are advised by lawyers/consigliere. You can remove them and new puppets will be put in place.


Who does this guy think he is? He does not get to tell the SR or any other paper how to operate. If you are so concerned about the image over there FIX IT!!!! Ever heard of this thing called freedom of the press? I think it's..............nevermind!

sandtown born a...

I'm calling asking for rates and how much extra to keep the pd off our backs or even a rate on the ruffie tour??? 419-285-2585 office


The letter to editor says, "All of this lazy, space filling reporting negates the positive work of the Lake Erie Shores & Islands ...Our industry is tourism and we all have to deal with thousands of visitors in a short 110-day period."

Mr. Benjamin, it is not befitting that you would prefer that these crimes be swept under a rug for the almighty dollar. Positive promotion of tourism would and SHOULD include a SAFE and TRUSTED environment for our guests to visit. Clean up your island and government over there and perhaps the press will be more positive for your specific surroundings.

I see many articles promoting positive tourist clime in the Sandusky area in the SR. Maybe you overlook the "Entertainment" section? Also, it's unfair you would drag other "organization and various chambers (of commerce)" into your bellyache.


Keep up the good work Sandusky Register! The only way this corruption is going to be addressed is if folks know about it. Sunshine is the best disinfectant.


Complain,b?t*h,cry, moan until it happens to your love one Ken. This letter can't be good for your business either. Not Everything is about $$$$.Really? You're more worried about $$$ then people safety? Disgusting!


The writer is obviously a business owner who doesn't want to see his patronage suffer. Too bad for him. The reason for all the negative attention is because these problems have been getting swept under the rug for too long. Fix the problems & there won't be a need to report on them!


His business is one of the nicer ones oriented to families. It's for sale at $1.5 million.


LMAO!! Of course a realtor wouldn't want any bad publicity to the island properties he's trying to sell.. If no one does anything to stop this mayhem, then atleast the tourist can be somewhat warned of such actions..


Aye. That's one of the more ignorant small town politics letters I've read. I’d admit, the press (in general) can get carried away at times. However, a free press is essential to our way of life. To suggest the press should stop reporting on the negative stories and only positive, nothing would get better in this country. Obviously there’s an issue here, and it’ll never get better unless the truth is out. We all want a better society. Imagine living in Russia with state run news. Don’t urinate on my head, and tell me it’s raining.


commenters you guys need to understand Ken' dilema, as you can read he is the owner of stonehenge on PIB, which he has been trying to sell for 5 years now, and the price gets lower every year... These stories are hurting his ability to bail from the island at a huge profit... once its sold, then you may carry on reporting